Thursday, October 23, 2014

WorryWoo

Helping children work through their emotions can be hard. Luckily, there is a series of books to help you, and your little one, face what may be bothering them. It's called The WorryWoo Monsters, and each book comes with an adorable stuffed monster too. Not only are they cute little monsters, but this series helps children to deal with complex emotional issues in a wonderful, easy and open way, making it a wonderful parenting tool.

The WorryWoo Monsters, a series by Andi Green, who wanted to create characters with a story that each embodied an emotion, is a wonderful way to explore emotional issues your child might be dealing with. The monsters who help are Wince, Nola, Rue, Squeek, Fuddle, and Twitch. Each story explores a different emotion such as loneliness, feeling like you don’t fit in, worrying to much, and being shy which are all issues that children face.


Wince’s story book, Don’t Feed the WorryBug, is a wonderful WorryWoos story about how worries grow bigger and bigger, if you let them and we all know that can be so very true. The book gives kids the idea to stay busy doing fun things and not waste their days worrying. This book is a great tool to not only address your child's feelings, but also help them work through them and find better things to do than worry. The advice is awesome and something that we could all learn from.


Reading the book together is fun too because it has such a sweet character and the tempo and rhyme scheme are really nice, especially for reading out loud. Also included was a great workbook called, Helping Young Worriers Beat the WorryBug. This book is very informative and full of great ideas to help your little worrier beat their own WorryBugs.


I know we will be adding more to our WooryWoos collection very soon. To shop for a monster that is right for your family you can visit the WorryWoos website. The WorryWoos books are available for $14.99 and come in hardcover. The coordinating plush toys are $21.50. You can get the book and plush together as a set for $36. You can also follow WorryWoos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to stay connected and updated on all of the new monsters and their stories!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q

It's almost that time of year again where I start blow drying my hair more. Because it is so cold outside, walking out with a head full of damp hair just isn't an option unless you want your locks freezing on your head! Finding a good blow drier can be like finding a needle in a haystack, but this year Conair has us, and our hair, covered!

The new Infiniti Pro by Conair Q3 blow dryer just hit stores last month and for $119.99 you can pick up your own at your nearest Target, Walgreens, Ulta, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS or Bed, Bath And Beyond. The 3Q stands for quick, quiet, quality. Its brushless motor technology provides quick airflow to reduce drying time by up to 70%*; a patent pending noise reduction technology makes it 40% more quiet using the patent pending noise reduction technology***; as for quality, magnets and electronics power the motor, which extends the life of the dryer by up to 10X.


I have pretty normal hair. It isn't thick, or thin but there is quite a bit of it on my head. Drying my hair usually takes 10-15 minutes with other hair driers and this one took about 5 minutes. Those time frames do not include any styling or round brushing. That is just straight blow drying time. This little blow dryer has some power behind it. I was really impressed with just how much air this little guy put out.


On to the Q for quiet. This is the Q I doubted the most. How could it be so much more powerful and quicker AND quieter? Well, the patent pending noise reduction technology really works. This is the most quiet blow dryer that I have personally used. Now, it isn't completely silent, but you could definitely use it early in the morning, or late at night, without disturbing the other people in your home.


As for quality, I think it is great! The blow dryer has a nice weight in your hand and feels very sturdy. The cord is 72 inches long and thick so I don't see any problems coming of that. There are also two speed settings, three heat settings, and a Cold Shot button for locking in your styles. It also features ion technology for less frizz and I can definitely say I noticed a huge difference. Usually my hair is a huge, frizzy mess when I blow dry it, but as you can see, it is actually quite manageable afterwards. I didn't brush as I dried, or use any products. That is all the blow dryer in the pictures!

Overall, I think this is a great blow dryer at a good price point. I think it would be a great present for the upcoming holidays as well! Be sure to check out all of Conair's awesome products and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to never miss any news! Also, check out Beauty Stat's wesbite and Facebook and Twitter as well!


Disclosure: I was provided this product by BeautyStat.com in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies From Leisure Arts

Hello crafters! I hope you are having a great week. As I recover from all of my recent outpatient surgeries, I have been trying a lot of new crochet techniques. This week I have been playing with old school styles and falling in love with doilies. I wanted to try something unconventional with these old lace patterns but first I needed a great selection of beautiful patterns.

Of course I went to Leisure Arts and searched for doily patterns and was spoiled for choice! I settled on Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies. In this awesome book there are eighteen simply stunning doily patterns. There are round and oblong styles so you get a selection that will fit your surface needs.

Now as I said I wanted to try something special and different. What I did was droll over the 18 patterns and settle on one that I just loved, which was Windsor Round. Then instead of using the thread or steel hooks I used regular worsted weight and a J hook. In doing so I was able to make something that could be so many things.

Looking at my creation it could be perfect as a chair throw, baby wrap, and my favorite a tea shawl! Now that I know these patterns are not only written well and easy to follow but can also be blown up successfully I will be making many, many more. I may even try to blow one up into a bed sized creation.

There is something simply stunning about old school lace design and doilies are inherently delicate looking. No matter what you want to do with the pattern, this book will have one you will love. Have you ever tried something dramatic like blowing up a doily pattern?

Take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my reader

Monday, October 20, 2014

Knot Guilty: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman

I think it is probably a safe assumption that you all know I love to crochet. You may or may not know that I love to read a good murder mystery. The type that focuses more on characters and less on murder, of course. Now under most circumstances, the two (crochet & mysteries) never really meld. However, Betty Hechtman has written a fabulous series of crochet mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime

Once I heard about the series I knew I had to read it, and once I read the first book I knew I would read them all. Read is really not the right word, devour would be more fitting as I never spent a full week reading any of the books. When I came to end of the last book I was crushed that I had to wait for the next one, so imagine how beyond happy I was to receive a review copy early! Can we say giddy?

The new book, Knot Guilty, which is the ninth in the series, was just as fabulous as the first. I am so pleased with the way Betty Hechtman has kept the stories fresh and interesting. Molly Pink, who works at a bookstore, and is a member of the local crochet group, always seems to run right into the mystery, much to my delight. 

This time, one of my favorite characters the flashy, forward Adele, is suspected and Pink must do her best to solve the case and get Adele off the hook. I just knew Adele would get in trouble because they were at a knitting show and Adele takes the don’t call it knitting mentality to new extremes. As is usually the case, I could not put this book down, I needed to read just one more page, one more chapter, just one more minute! 

I know my crafty readers are just going to fall in love with this series. You can even start with the newest because each story is free standing and self contained… though I know after reading one you will want to read them all. Each new book is like visiting with old friends. The story is fully engaging and the characters are as real as your neighbor. You will care what happens and find yourself holding your breath when they get in a tight spot. 

As a great bonus, each book has had a delicious recipe and an easy to follow crochet pattern. This book actually had two of each and the recipes sounded so delicious my husband added the ingredients to our next shopping list. He has a sweet tooth and they were right up his alley, especially the cookie bars. 

Knot Guilty by Betty Hechtman gets my highest recommendation. You will be able to grab a copy wherever you usually buy books in November or you can preorder yours now! I am already waiting and hoping she is working on another crochet mystery. 

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read.


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TV Guide Spotlight TV’s Spookiest Halloween Episodes Collection from Mill Creek

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I remember when I was growing up we used to love the special Halloween episodes of our favorite TV shows. We always sat down as a family to watch them with some traditional Halloween munchies like popcorn balls and candy apples. 

This year I got to take a magic trip back in time to watch some of my favorite old shows' Halloween specials thanks to the TV Guide Spotlight TV’s Spookiest Halloween Episodes Collection from Mill Creek. It even had some shows that I somehow missed but will be looking for now. 

This collection has 13 episodes, of course 13, it is Halloween after all. The featured shows are Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Jeffersons, Square Pegs, The Facts of Life, Married With Children, Roseanne, The Cosby Show, News Radio, Mad About You, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Ned and Stacey, and That 70s Show. Plus it is only $9.98 which makes it a fantastic value.

What I really loved is that the collections is so varied. In addition to having my old favorites, I got to catch a glimpse at shows I had never seen before like Ned and Stacy and Square Pegs. My husband loved to see one of his old favorites Married With Children and of course we both loved Rosanne, which I always looked forward to on Halloween because Dan and Rosanne always had the best costumes.

If you are looking for some good wholesome family fun for Halloween, look for TV Guide Spotlight TV’s Spookiest Halloween Episodes Collection from Mill Creek online or at your favorite store. Of course, if you are feeling lucky you can enter to win a copy here! Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Open to US residents, 18 and older. 

Make sure you head over to browse the full selection of titles from Mill Creek Entertainment on their website. You will find everything from family and classics, to horror and sci-fi! Make sure you stay connected with them on Facebook and Twitter too so that you never miss a new release.

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Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. My Empty Nest is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses

If you have been here a while, you know that I love Ozeri and all of the household products that they offer. This time I tried their Serafino Double Wall, Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses. They came in a set of 4, 12 ounce glasses and were carefully packaged in a nice black box. I really appreciate that they were all individually wrapped in bubble wrap to protect them during shipping. These glasses are too pretty to break!

They are made of hand blown, heat and shatter resistant borosilicate glass which is stronger than normal glass. Not only does the double wall design look awesome, but is also keeps your drinks at the right temperature without your hand getting hot or cold while holding it. They are also microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe! These little glasses are just all around awesome!

I love my Ozeri Serafino glasses. They are not only adorable, but durable which is important in a house with two children. They keep my cold drinks cool and my hand away from any condensation. On the other side, they keep my hot drinks hot while keeping my hand cool. They really are a unique glass and I will definitely be ordering more to have a full set! Be sure to head over to Amazon and order a set for yourself and see all of the other products Ozeri offers!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ENLIGHTENED: The Good-For-You Ice Cream

It is no secret that I have a sweet tooth. It is also no secret that a lot of sweet snacks, though delicious, are just not good for you. Packed full of empty calories and sugar, a lot of sweets don't offer much on the nutritional aspect of things. ENLIGHTENED ice cream is here to change all of that. With low calories and low sugar and fat contents as well as protein and fiber, ENLIGHTENED ice cream is not your average ice cream.


Out of the seven varieties they currently offer, I got to try 4 of them. The first was Peanut Butter. These bars have 80 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein. These bars don't have the same consistency as traditional ice cream, but they are still delightfully creamy. They are also a little harder than other ice creams so it is recommended to let them sit out for 2-3 minutes before eating them. I wasn't a huge fan of the peanut butter flavor but my kids absolutely love them.


The Coffee bars have 70 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein. I really like this flavor. I was a little worried that with such low calories and sugars that they would be bland, but they are bursting with flavor and actually quite sweet. The coffee bars had a wonderful coffee flavor that was slightly sweet. This is a great mid-afternoon pick me up or after dinner desert. 


The Fudge bars have only 70 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein. These were my favorite, by far. I am partial to chocolate sweets and these were awesome. They are rich, creamy, and sweet without being too overbearing. There is a great balance to the sweetness and the taste is right on point. These are a great chocolate fix that you won't feel guilty for eating.


The Vanilla Bean ice cream sandwiches have 100 calories, 2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein. Now, I have never liked ice cream sandwiches but my dad loves them so I got them for him to try. He said that they were awesome. For what they lack in calories, they do not lack in flavor. My husband really enjoyed these as well. They like the tasty snack and I like knowing they aren't eating something that is horrible for them.

ENLIGHTENED's ice cream is just awesome. They not only taste good but you don't have to feel guilty about empty calories or high sugar and fat contents. Be sure to check out ENLIGHTENED's website to see all of the products they offer. Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter to never miss any news. Hurry back here though because it is giveaway time! One lucky reader will win a coupon good for one free box of ENLIGHTENED ice cream! Open to US residents, 18 years and older. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Winner has 48 hours to respond before another is drawn. Good luck!

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