The Lean Mean Rice Eating Clean Machine or… How the BISSELL Perfect Sweep Turbo saved my dog from having to join Weight Watchers

Every week I get at least one email asking if I would like to review a product or book. Most of the time I decline politely. My thinking is that if the product is not really something you all would or could perhaps benefit from learning about, why bother. I was about to do my standard “Thank You But No Thank You” reply to the request to try out BISSELL’s Perfect Sweep Turbo but then I saw how it is supposed to be good for picking up dog hair and that it is QUIET. QUIET… do you see why this caught my attention? Let me explain. Grace has asthma and allergies. We just found out that one of the things she is allergic to is […]

Review & GIVEAWAY of “Should I or Shouldn’t I? What Would Others Think?”- A game to encourage Social Thinking and social problem solving!

Those that follow me on Facebook know how nervous I have been about Jay starting middle school. Part of my neurosis  comes from the fact that I just don’t think he is socially ready. Academically… no problem, but can he handle all the situations that will be thrown his way?And what can I do as his mother to give him the tools to do so?  These questions have been keeping me up at night.That is why I was so excited when Social Thinking gave me the opportunity to try out this new game created by Dominque Baudry,MS, Ed  and based on the Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary introduced by Michelle Garcia Winner as outlined in her many books and articles on the topic.The game is […]

What Have You Done For Yourself Lately BLOG, BOOK REVIEW and GIVEAWAY!!!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and as I stopped to think about all the brave men and woman who gave their lives to protect us and secure our freedom… I started thinking about all those folks mothers and fathers too. Especially the mothers. Moms who gave up so much to raise their children and then the pain they must have felt and still do feel now that they are gone. That got me thinking about all the other moms in my life too and the pain and difficulties they have in their lives now. And well before I knew it, it got me thinking about me and how I am as a mom and yes my difficulties. Which of course then got me thinking about who […]

My Interview with Kerry Cohen author of “Seeing Ezra- A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal” and GIVEAWAY of her book!

In August I received an email from the Publicist for Kerry Cohen (author of Loose Girl and many other award-winning books) newest book, SEEING EZRA- A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal.  The email described her book as an eye-opening and inspirational chronicle of a mother’s struggle to protect her son from a system that seeks to compartmentalized and “FIX” him. I was intrigued so I Googled to find out more. What I found was a 2008 babble.com article called “What’s Wrong With This Picture? My autistic child doesn’t need to be fixed.” The last sentence of the post got me! If I am only able to do one thing for him as I usher him through childhood, it will […]

Secret Agent Society Social Skills Training Program for kids 8-12 with High Functioning Autism GIVEAWAY and Review

I have reviewed a few things on here before but none can compare to what I am about to tell you about. I was not asked to review this product either. I read about this program from the S-O-S.  Research Blog who was asked to review the program and then give it away to one of their readers. And guess what… I  actually won it! (You can read Danette’s review by clicking on the S-O-S link above.) I was thrilled and my son Jay was beyond excited to try it.  We were not disappointed either. I loved this program so much that I contacted the Social Skills Training Institute and told them that I was going to write an unsolicitated review and that I would […]

Review and #Giveaway of Virtual World Game “Surviving Time Island” #TimeIsland

I know I know too much TV and computers is not good for kids. But when the thermometer reads 102  in the shade, well I think exceptions can be made. Being cooped up inside had been driving us a little batty. That is probably why I practically kissed the postman when he delivered the Surviving Time Island Fun Pack to my house the other day. The kids could not open it up quick enough. Inside were all sorts of goodies such as bracelets, tattoos and stickers to share with friends. It even had a pair of glasses and a cute bandana as well as a tote to carry it all in.  The fun extras got the kids in the mood. In fact Jay called a […]

Review for the coolest Labels EVER- Oliver’s Labels

I was chosen to review these custom  labels Oliver’s  Labels. I have waited to do this review until just the right time. I waited until I had purchased the kids back to school stuff. Hello everything has to be labeled for that and these would be perfect to do it. They are waterproof people and include a special find it send it home program which I will talk about later. But I am getting ahead of my self. First let me start off by telling you a little about why the owner Debbie started the company and got the idea for these great labels. “It all began with a small idea to keep Oliver, my nephew, from losing his stuff. After seeing the overwhelming positive […]

Review for BrytonPick – FLOSS In Seconds

BrytonPick – FLOSS In Seconds I was asked to try and review Bryton Pick Floss in Seconds. I agreed because I am always looking for new products that will make my life easier. I liked the  idea that this was a portable product and that it was reusable for 30 days. Hmmm… convenience and cost efficient… my kind of product. Before the product arrived I read up on it. BrytonPick was designed, developed and tested by dental professionals. It is intended to be used as an after meal and snack oral hygiene tool. No more would you need to use nasty toothpicks or heaven forbid other objects to dislodge that piece of spinach from your salad that is now stuck in your teeth. I liked […]

Review & GIVEAWAY CONTEST of Dream Catcher Weighted Blanket

As many of you may remember, a couple of weeks ago after having an “Ah HA” moment and figuring out that Jay craves weight, I did a post asking for opinions on weighted blankets. Shortly after that post I received a message from the owners of DreamCatcher Blankets asking if I would like to have a blanket for Jay to review! Of course I said yes. I also told them that I would be completely honest. So without further ado… here is my first review! (And make sure to read all the way down so you can see the great GIVEAWAY I am doing… hint It’s a DreamCatcher Blanket! Good hint huh?) From the gecko it was a great experience. Eileen called me to talk […]