When I was first offered this KidzLane karaoke machine to review I was thinking about how much my 8 year old Granddaughter would like it and that’s who I had it in mind for.   When it showed up my 12 year old step son couldn’t wait to try it and he and my husband ended up having tons of fun playing with it so it looks like it isn’t going to make it to her.  I was actually surprised at how nice it is.  It’s very easy to figure out and plays CDs or MP3s and the duel microphones are a great feature since it allows you to “jam out” with a friend.  Each microphone also has it’s own volume so one person won’t “drown out” the other if they sing louder.  It’s a great size and the handle makes it easy to carry around if you like dancing while using it and the buttons are all easy to read.   It’s intended for ages 5 and up and from my experience the “and up” means it’s good for any age!  My husband was having just as much fun as Hayden was and  I had a blast watching them.

karaoke8Hayden did mention that it would be nice if you could see the words to what you are singing like some karaoke machines offer but that didn’t stop him from trying.  I’m really not sure you could add that feature since you use your own CDs or MP3s but it didn’t seem to make much difference in their fun anyway.  If anything, it made it more interesting to watch as you can see for yourself in the video below.

I am very pleased with this karaoke machine and recommend it for any kid that likes to sing along with their bands or pretend they are a famous rock star.   I like the bright colors they used to make it, the fact that it is very durable and that it is so easy to operate.  This would be a great addition to “Family Game Night” and also for slumber parties or birthday parties or really anytime the kids are bored and complaining they have nothing to do.  You should definitely keep it in mind for potential birthday or Christmas gifts.  I think any kid would love to have one and I especially like that it gets them involved in what they are doing instead of just staring blankly into a game boy or something.  I am always looking for something to keep Hayden occupied and this has been great.  We had lots of fun and many giggles playing with ours.

Product Description

Kids Sing Along Karaoke Machine, CD-MP3 player & USB flash drive port, could also play WMA audio format, (UBS can only read a flash drive not from an iPod)
Anti-Skip protection, 3 digit LED display, High output speaker sound system
Fully programmable, choose your desired tracks, random play, intro play, repeat play
2 Karaoke Microphones with ON/OFF switch & a separate microphone volume control knob
Included: “9V Power Adapter”, Line-in jack to connect it to your smart phone. Option to use 6 “C” Batteries if want to operate on battery (batteries not included)




I wanted this for my stepson when I first saw it.  He runs to stay in shape for the various sports he plays and I thought he would like to be able to listen to his music while he ran.  Since we got it for him he has enjoyed running much more.   I think the music helps keep his mind of of the “chore” of it and just makes it more pleasant for him.  He just straps it to his arm, runs the earbud wires up the back of his shirt, places them in his ears and off he goes.  The armband itself is comfortable to wear and adjusts to just about any arm width from a preteen to a pretty large man.  (works for up to 14 1/2 inch biceps)  I was a little worried that it would cause his arm to sweat more, which would make it sort of uncomfortable to wear,  but that didn’t seem to be an issue at all.  He really seems to enjoy it and hasn’t mentioned anything he dislikes about it.


I was sort of surprised when my husband said he wanted to use if while doing his lawn work.  I figured the lawn mower, weed eater, etc., would be too loud for him to hear it over but I was wrong.  He said that he can hear perfectly fine and again, this makes his chores seem much less like work and more like fun.  I am all for anything that turns chores into fun myself!  Now he rides his lawn mower around the yard while rocking out to his favorite band and he really doesn’t seem to mind doing it as much at all.


He has used it while pulling weeds, trimming bushes, weed eating and just about every other lawn related maintenance you can think of.  I would have never even thought to use it that way but I’m really happy that he is able to and that it works so well.  It’s also pretty awesome that although all of us have different smart phones, they all fit into this armband.   It’s pretty easy to use the touch screen with it on too.  The only thing that we had any trouble with is the buttons on the side,  like the volume button.  You do have to take it out of the sleeve to work the side buttons so you have to make sure the volume is set before you strap it on.  Other than that, it works wonderfully and I’m sure we will find many more ways to use it.  If my husband will share that is…..he has sort of claimed it for his own.  He does that with quite a few of the tech gadgets I get to review…..


For such a simple idea it is really nice to have.  One of those things that you didn’t know you needed until you got it.

Product Description

COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with the Samsung S5 S4 S3,iPhone 6 (4.7) and HTC One phones from all carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon etc.
PROTECTION: Protects and keeps your phone safe from moisture while working out
USE: Convenient and easy to use. Easy access to ear phones and controls. Includes convenient key holder.
SIZE: Fits sizes from 9 to 14.5 inches. Not for body builders or those with biceps over 14.5 inches.
SAFETY: Night reflector feature allows for increased visibility after dark.
VALUE : Why Pay more? This is a great value for the price 🙂 So affordable why not buy two?
CARE: We strongly recommend that you hand wash and air dry this armband. Treat this armband as you would any phone case and do not place in the washer/dryer as this can cause tears etc..
MATERIAL: Nylon, Velcro and Neoprene



BRACELET9 I had never heard of Soufeel Jewelry  when I was asked to do this review so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I accepted.  I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised!   First off, it arrived beautifully boxed and they even included a gift bag.  Presentation is very important and right away I knew this was a high quality item. BRACELET10 I was not wrong!  This bracelet is absolutely beautiful and so well made.   It is made from high quality 925 Sterling Silver and I absolutely love the clasp that it has.  It is a barrel type clasp that firmly holds each end of the bracelet in place and it will not come off until you take it off.  It locks very securely so there is no worry of it falling off of your wrist while you are doing your daily activities and it does not pull your arm hairs when you move.   (Ugh! I hate that!)    You can also tell that each bead was made with care.   The details are gorgeous and they are made to last a lifetime.   There are charms to suit any personality and charms for special occasions too.   They add new arrivals fairly often so it’s easy to find the ones you, or a loved one,  will just have to own.  (These charms will also fit Pandora & Chamilia bracelet but with a much lower price.) BRACELET11 bracelet15 I am totally  in love with the bracelet and charms that I received.   It looks great whether you are dressed up or dressed casually  and will work with any outfit.  The stones really sparkle and the sterling silver shines like crazy.  It is a definite eye catcher for sure.   This bracelet is so nice that I would love to pass it on to my Granddaughter someday with the hope that she too would pass it down.   I can see somebody 100s of years from now saying that this bracelet I’m wearing  used to belong to my Great Great Grandma Brenda and that just makes me happy to think about. BRACELET2

Enter to win a 925 Sterling Silver Starter Bracelet from Soufeel and a 925 Sterling Silver Charm/Bead from Bella’s Blog.   Good luck! giveaaway2braceletwinner

The winner of the giveaway will receive one starter bracelet from the sponsor at Soufeel and since they didn’t include a bead to give away, I will personally give the winner their choice of one of the beads I was sent for this review. The Starter Bracelet is a $29.95 value and the charm/beads start at $15.95 so this prize is worth at least $45

Make sure to visit the Soufeel New Arrivals page so you can choose your 3 favorite beads and you will see on the Rafflecopter widget that you will get 5 bonus entries if you do this and leave a blog comment telling me your 3 faves.

Please keep it fair and do not enter using multiple entries.  I will disqualify if I see this as that is a form of cheating.  (Thankfully that has never happened on my page but I have to say it) Please share with your friends and good luck!

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Both of our kitties get SO excited when they get a new toy in the mail but I have to admit that this one was mostly for my amusement.   To be honest,  I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to get either of them to even wear it but I had to try.    I figured if cats think they are King of the Jungle they might as well look the part too.   I tried it on Willie first since he is the more easy going kitty.


He really didn’t seem to mind wearing it and within minutes he had jumped into my husband’s lap demanding to be pet.  I guess he figured he deserved some pampering if we were going to make him wear this.   Or maybe he just felt like more of a King and decided we should adore him like a King deserves.   Either way, he seemed pretty content and just sort of went with the flow.  So I decided to try it on Kelso……..


His reaction was a little different than Willie’s.   He really did not want to sit still long enough for us to even get it on him and after we did finally get it on,  he immediately started plotting his revenge.   I could see the wheels turning!  His little brain was thinking of all the ways he could get us back for this.  I have to admit I was a little afraid to fall asleep that night and decided it would be best to take it off of him and forget it ever even happened.  Kelso now uses it as a pillow and all is good in the world again.   I will definitely pull it out again though because it was highly amusing to watch them wearing it.   (Maybe not for them, but that’s beside the point)

This Lion Mane is made very well and only needs a quick brushing to make it look great right out of the bag.   It would be absolutely adorable for Halloween or for any day you just need a good laugh.  Personally, I think every King of the Jungle should have one!




Like just about every woman I know,  I am always looking for new anti-aging products.   Especially for the eyes.    If your eyes look tired and puffy it doesn’t matter how good the rest of you looks, you sill still look tired & puffy yourself.   I have horrible insomnia so puffiness is a huge problem for me.  I always look like I have bags under my eyes and I get told all the time that I look tired.   ( I am tired but that’s another story lol)  I feel like I am asking for a miracle to want my eyes to look normal again.   I’ve tried a bunch of different products and really hadn’t noticed much difference with any of them.  Some of them gave a temporary tightening of the skin that helped for a few minutes and then stopped and others didn’t seem to do anything at all.   When I was asked to review this Ultra Spa Pro Anti-Aging complex I was skeptical.  I didn’t really expect great results but I was hoping for something noticeable.


I still couldn’t see much difference after 3 days of use but by the 6th day I was starting to see a little less puffiness.   (I don’t really have dark circles so I’m not sure if it helped with that but as you can see I have bad issues with puffiness.)  By day 9 I could see more improvement and I was actually starting to get a little excited about this product!  I was already seeing better results than I have with any other eye serum I’ve tried.



I have now been using it for 2 weeks and I can definitely see a big difference.   My eyes are much less puffy and I actually feel like I look more awake now.   I even had someone tell me that I looked good the other day when I was out and that hadn’t happened it awhile.  Usually people just ask me if I’m OK and comment that I look tired so that was wonderful to hear.  There is hope for these tired eyes at last!

I am very pleased that there is no strong odor and no burning or stinging of any kind and it’s great for sensitive skin since it’s made from plant stem cell serum.  I love that it’s made from natural products and not full of chemicals.  It only takes a pea size amount for both eyes so this bottle will last for months and it absorbs really easily into the eye area and as you can see,  the results are real!    Trust me, if it can help get rid of my puffiness with the insomnia I have,  it can help anyone.

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 Purex Insiders has been coming out with  many new products lately, from new body washes and hand soaps to amazing new laundry products.  I’m happy to say that they have now added products for babies and small children too.    The Dial body & hair wash for babies is super gentle for babies sensitive skin.   It won’t sting their  little eyes or cause irritation to their skin.  It has a very soft scent that is perfect for babies since they smell so good naturally you don’t really want to cover that up.  (Nothing could smell  better than a clean baby anyway, if you ask me) It’s mild enough to use every day and it won’t dry out your baby’s skin.



The Dial foaming hand wash for kids is great too.   Kids love the fun foaming action and the kid friendly scents they offer.   I was given the Watery Melon scent to try and it smells so good.  It only takes a pump or so to get quite a bit of foam and it really leaves your hands feeling super clean without drying them out at all.   Truly a fun way to get kids more interested in washing their hands when they need to and anything that makes cleanliness fun is on the top of every parent’s list.  This stuff smells so good you may have trouble getting them to stop.



Enter to win a coupon good for one free bottle of Dial body & hair wash for babies or a free bottle of Dial foaming kid’s hand soap from Bella’s Blog.  3 Winners!!  Good luck!

One of my favorite things about being a Purex Insider is that they always give me coupons to share with my readers.   This time they gave me coupons that you can use to get your choice of a free Dial body & hair wash for babies or a free Dial for Kids foaming hand wash.   I have decided to pick 3 winners and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.   Please keep it fair and enter using only one email address.  I won’t honor a win if I see that you’ve entered using more than one anyway  ( I’m happy to say that hasn’t ever happened on my page but I’ve seen it on other pages so I had to say it).  Please share this giveaway with your friends too.  I’m sure many of them would love to try it.  Good luck!

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I cook almost every night and even with all of that experience I still worry about things like food poisoning and e-coli.   It was drilled into my head growing up that if you don’t cook your meats long enough, especially poultry & pork,  you can become deathly ill.   Unfortunately my mother took that to the extreme and cooked everything until it resembled shoe leather.  I was convinced that I didn’t even like most meats when I was little and didn’t learn until I was adult working in a steakhouse that it was because they were cooked to death.  I am SO thankful that the cook at that steakhouse  explained to me that all meat does not have to be charbroiled to be healthy and risk free.   I still remember my first bite of a piece of prime rib that was still red….I was sort of worried because it was red but tried it anyway…and OMG!!  It was so juicy and had more flavor than anything I had ever eaten!   Right away I became a meat lover to the extreme!  BUT….I also learned that with poultry and pork products you better be worried!   You can cause some truly horrible problems if you don’t get them right.  They both have to be cooked thoroughly for them to be safe to eat, so again, I found myself overcooking both.   Frazoni to the rescue!!

meatthermometer9 This meat thermometer is perfect for me.  It has a nice, slim design and a large screen so it’s easy to read.   It’s super simple to use and I love that the cord on the temperature prong is long enough to reach from the oven to the counter top.   You can set the controls for the temperature you’d like your food to be, insert the probe into the meat, place it in the oven and not worry at all anymore.  It will beep when the meat reaches the desired temperature to let you know it is done and all you have to do is take it out.  (You can choose if you want to use Celsius or Fahrenheit on the back of the unit)


I, of course, had to go get a turkey so I can see how well this really works.   (Plus it sounded SO nice to have a mini Thanksgiving in April LOL)  I looked up the proper temp for turkey and discovered that 160 degrees is considered safe.   I set the timer to alert me when it reached 150 degrees because I had the turkey covered with foil and wanted to allow time to brown too.   Once the turkey reached 150 degrees I removed the foil and by the time it reached 160 my turkey was a nice golden brown.   (It wasn’t as brown as I normally go though.  I am usually so worried about under cooking that I leave it in too long).  I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to be cooked all the way through but decided to trust the thermometer.  I am so glad I did….This was by far the best turkey I have ever made!  It was very tender and so juicy!!  Even my husband, who usually only eats dark meat because he says the white meat is too dry, loved it!  I will never go back to “eye balling it” again.


I also tried it out while cooking chicken on the stove top and it worked just as well.   You end up with such juicy chicken and it’s so nice to know that it is safe from salmonella or e-coli or the many other things that can make you ill.  My husband has always liked my cooking but this has made it much better.  I am no longer over cooking meats and losing the juices, and most of the flavor, that you lose when you over cook.   It is also perfect for steaks because you can cook them from rare to well and know that they will be exactly what was requested.

I did have one issue with this thermometer though.   I could not find an on/off switch on it anywhere.  When it started beeping to alert me that my turkey was done, I could not figure out how to turn it off or how to stop the beeping.  I had to take off the battery cover and remove the battery to get it to quit.  My husband also looked and neither of us could find a way to turn it off.   Luckily there is an extra spot in the battery compartment to leave the battery when you are not using it but an on/off switch is something they definitely need to add.   Other than that though, I am very pleased with my results and would definitely recommend this thermometer.  Considering this can ease a lot of food safety concerns I think every household should have one. Food poisoning is a big deal and this will help eliminate it and many other illnesses and you can’t really put a price on that!




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The older I get, the more important my bed and the bedding I choose have become to me.   I used to sleep on any old sheets and didn’t even know there was a difference, but as I got older I started noticing how uncomfortable the cheaper bedding felt and started looking for better quality. For the last few years I have mostly purchased Egyptian cotton sheets because I like how crisp they feel but sometimes I miss having softer sheets to climb in to.  When I was offered these 100% flannel sheets from Yorkshire-Mayfair to review they seemed like they would be a great choice so I was excited to try them.


Our mattress is really thick and sometimes it’s hard to find sheets that will fit correctly.   I’ve even had to use clips or mattress suspenders to keep some of them in place. It’s so aggravating to  try to sleep on a mattress when a corner of the sheet comes off and it’s all bunched up underneath you.  I am happy to say that these sheets fit our mattress perfectly and have not budged after using them for a week now.  They are specially made for extra thick mattresses.  They also washed quite nicely.  I washed them before putting them on and they didn’t “pill up” or lose their shape at all and they came out feeling super soft.  They are also really thick and honestly it feels as good as snuggling up under your favorite T-shirt if you could crawl under it.   They feel really soft against the skin and they don’t “crease up” underneath you while you are sleeping.


I highly recommend these if you are looking for a good quality, comfortable set of sheets.  They keep you very warm, but since they are cotton, they also “breathe” so you don’t get overly hot.  I haven’t even had to stick my foot out while I sleep this week to cool down and that’s almost a miracle.




If you follow my page at all, you know how much  I enjoy being a Purex Insider.  They are constantly offering new products and new varieties of their existing products.   This time I was given Dial Miracle Oil hand soap to review and once again,  they did not let me down.  I had already reviewed the body wash and am a huge fan, so I was excited to get to try the complementing hand soap.  Like the body wash, it smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling so soft and silky smooth.  It doesn’t leave any kind of oily residue on your skin and really makes your hands feel moisturized.  My hands have gotten so dry this Winter that I love having a hand soap that doesn’t make that worse.  No need for lotion afterwards or anything.


Purex offers a lot of different hand soap varieties and they also sent me a coupon good for each one.   I received a coupon for a free Sugar Cane hand soap, a free foaming hand soap and one that is good for any variety.  This is always one of my favorite perks of being a Purex Insider since it gives me an opportunity to offer a few of my readers a chance to try it out too.  I have decided to give away all 3 of these coupons this time since I have already been lucky enough to try them all myself.  My personal favorites (so far) are the ones from the Boutique Collection.  I love the moisturizing beads and the way the smell, but the Miracle Oil comes in as a nice second choice for me since I love the way it makes my hands feel afterwards.



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I think I surprised a few people when I told them I was reviewing a selfie stick.  Anybody that knows me, knows that I hate having my picture taken and rarely take a selfie.  (Unless it’s for a sweepstakes entry anyway)  However,  when I started thinking of all of the ways this could come in handy for my reviews I had to apply.  I am so glad I did.  This has already come in handy for me several times.  You can use it to take all kinds of different types of pics from a large group photo to the pile of goodies the mailman brought you.


I review a lot of  different types of things and I’m always taking pictures.   I usually have to bug my husband if I need a pic that I can’t take by myself.   I may need a pic of the back of my head for a hair styling tool I’m reviewing or maybe a full body shot for an article of clothing.   If my husband isn’t home I have to wait or else try to go into the bathroom  to use the mirrors to get the shot I need.  But then, it’s in the bathroom…..I don’t know about you but I get kind of tired of seeing posts from  people’s bathrooms.  I also like to take pictures of the mail I get everyday.  It’s a fun way to start off each day because my readers also post in the comments what they get and it’s just fun to see what everybody got.   Sometimes I get lucky and get so many things that I can’t get it all in the picture so this selfie stick is a perfect solution.


It would also be great while traveling.   How many times have you been in a beautiful spot on vacation and had to ask a stranger to take your picture?   And probably worrying all the time that they may run off with your camera or your smart phone.   With the selfie stick you can get a picture of the whole group without bothering anyone or leaving someone out of the pic because they are taking the picture.   It’s also much better than using a timer and then the person that’s setting it has to try to get into the picture before the camera goes off.   We all know that doesn’t always work out so great.  Again…..selfie stick to the rescue!

I recommend this for everybody.  It is definitely not just for selfies although it is also great for them too.  I’m sure I will be using this several times a week and I definitely think every blogger should have one.