POPSUGAR Must Have June Box Review & Code!

I can’t even remember the last time that I did a proper unboxing type of post. I love watching and reading other bloggers and vloggers box reveals, and POPSUGAR’s Must Have Box is among my favorites. They always have the best boxes – and now they even have a mini box too! I love how they have this mix of lifestyle and beauty items, which brings me to POPSUGAR’s June Must Have Box.

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POPSUGAR kindly sent me this Must Have Box to try, which is great because there is no kind of regret like the regret you feel when you’ve missed out on a great month for your favorite subscription box. And June was a great month. This box featured 7 items, here they are:

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Neutral Diamonds Print Sarong from Hat Attack – this sarong/scarf has a really nice print on it. I’m all about adding sarongs/scarves to my collection, they’re really versatile and look great over a bathing suit or just worn as a scarf with some pretty sunglasses and a hat. ARV on this one is $58.

“Cheers” Gold Bottle Opener from Sisters of Los Angeles – I love this bottle opener, and not just because I needed a new one and this showed up in the nick of time. This is one sturdy bottle opener, and I love that it looks very Kate Spade but for a less shock-worthy price. Pick up this for your next party at sistersoflosangeles.com for only $12!

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Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I?” Quiz from Wild and Wolf – I am a hardcore game lover. And I’ve made it my goal to find new games, because honestly, how many times must I beat my family members at Monopoly before they cast me off entirely. “Who Am I?” is a great easy-to-play game where you team up with other players to guess the celebrity. It’s a great ice breaker, we love it at my house. Find out more here, (ARV $12.95).

Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer by NCLA – This gorgeous nail polish is not only cruelty free and wonderfully patriotic, it also can be worn solo or under a base color. Suggested retail: $16, more info here.

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Are You Ready (For Your Close-Up?) Compact by Knock Knock – this is the second mirror I have from Knock Knock and I love them. They’re cute, durable, and definitely useful. Average retail value, $10.

Underarm Deodorant Wipes from Pacifica – Summer heat causes the most beauty melt-downs (at least for me), these wipes keep odors at bay while on the go. More details here, (ARV $9).

Sriracha snacks from Pressels – I must admit I was not adventurous enough to try these, but my sister did and gave them a thumbs up. These handy snacks have got less fat and sodium than other popular chip options, sugg. retail is $1.29 – find out more about Pressels here.

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The entire value of this box is $119.24 which makes this box definitely high value as POPSUGAR Must Have boxes are only $39.95 a month, and POPSUGAR Mini Boxes are $18.95. Visit this link to sign up and get your own POPSUGAR Must Have Box! Right now you can also use the code JUNE5 to get $5 off your first box – I’m not sure how long the code is good for, but be sure to follow them on twitter (or me) for updates!

Festive, Fun and Games with Forza 5!

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A couple weeks ago my brother and I were doing some early Christmas shopping downtown. The mall we were at was demoing the Forza Motorsport 5 and Xbox One system – any hope of getting him to walk around the store with me was soon abandoned. I left him testing out the system while I sorted through holiday sales. Suffice it to say that he is completely in love with the Forza 5 game and the Xbox One system. This Christmas I happen to know that he’s actually getting the Xbox One system from Santa (I know, how crazy lucky is he?), so I thought I’d head to Walmart and make his Christmas complete by picking up the Forza Motorsport 5 game for him!

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What’s really great is that Walmart and M&M’s have a Buy, Snap, Redeem offer going on that gives you a $10 eGift card to Walmart when you buy the Forza Motorsport 5 game and participating M&M’s products.

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That’s not where the fun ends – M&M’s is also running a Pixel Art instagram contest! I’ll include a link to all the details here, but essentially you’ll create your own pixel art using M&M’s, snap a pic and share on instagram using the #FueledByMM & #Contest hashtag’s and you’ll be entered to win an XBox One entertainment system! Check out what I came up with:

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Well, I may not be the very best artist, but it was extremely fun! I tried to go with a car theme here – if you have a chance, definitely check out the hashtag on instagram – some people are extremely talented!

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The M&M’s make great stocking stuffers (if I don’t eat them up before Christmas) and I can’t wait to for my brother to find his Forza Motorsport 5 underneath the tree! The game look’s amazing – with brilliant graphics, and the XBox One system is supposed to be fantastic! Oh, and I don’t want to brag or anything but I think that this gift pretty much solidifies my reputation as best sister ever ;) Happy holidays everybody!

Sprouting Up Fun: Fabtastic Bloggers Spring Into Play Toy Blast Giveaway!

The Fabtastic Bloggers are at it again, and this time we’re having some fun with a massive toy giveaway just in time for Spring! I’m so excited about this playful selection of toys – all together totaling at $425! That’s some serious swag folks! Wait until you see all the toys included – it’ll blow your mind, I so wish that I could enter!

We’ve worked so hard to put this together, and you can’t win if you don’t enter!!!

A Fabtastic Blast to celebrate Toys and Games!

Hosted by Fabtastic Bloggers

Spring into Play #Fabtastic #ToyBlast giveaway: a $425 prize package, 13 newest toys and games ~ Fabtastic Bloggers

Spring Into Play Toy Blast >> giveaway package

One lucky reader will win this #fabtastic #toyblast $425 prize package of 13 newest toys and games, including:

  • The sophisticated RoboSapien (WowWee): Loaded with attitude and intelligence, it’s the first robot based on the science of applied biomorphic robotics. With a full range of dynamic motion, interactive sensors and a unique personality, RoboSapien is more than a mechanical companion — he’s a multi-functional, thinking, feeling robot with attitude!
  • The fun and funky YGlider (Yvolution): this kid-powered mini scooter allows younger children to comfortably enjoy scooting at their developmental stage and helps develop their critical balance and coordination skills.
  • An Xbox LIVE 12 month Gold membership (Xbox): connect and play with friends around the world and watch thousands of HD movies instantly from Netflix.
  • The iDollhouse and iFirehouse iPad play cases (AppVentures): a brand new line of interactive playhouse fun for the next generation of digital savvy kids that you can take everywhere you go and bring to life with the touch of a button.
  • The Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab (SmartLab Toys): Standing over two feet tall, the Contraption Lab has 60 mix-and-match pieces to build an unlimited amount of contraptions. Kids can dream up crazy courses, then build and test them using the easy-to-construct Velcro®-like system.
  • The Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Clash Alley strategy board game (Wonder Forge): Beat the bad guys in this action-packed 3D strategy board game. Run, climb, and leap as you race through the 3D warehouse on important missions to rescue April, recover objects – and even pick up a pizza!
  • The Disney Easter Matching game (Wonder Forge): The classic game of picture matching gets all dressed up for Easter with Mickey, Donald, Tinker Bell, and all your favorite Disney characters
  • favorite Disney characters show their Easter spirit in colorful matching tiles.
  • A Fashion Angels Disney Princess Velvet Posters and a Sketch Portfolio (Fashion Angels): Combining two things that every little girl wants — drawing/coloring and princesses. Sit back and watch them create all kinds of cute princess fashions.
  • The Crappy Birthday game (North Star Games): the hysterical party game about pranking your friends with gifts they don’t want. It’s the perfect gift to give a party host instead of the traditional bottle of wine.
  • The Clubs board game (North Star Games): Clubs combines trick-taking fun with a hint of risk. It’s simple enough for kids, strategic enough for adults.
  • AppGear Foam Fighters (WowWee): Take to the skies with WWII fighter planes for immersive aerial combat. Strap in for fast-paced action and wing your way to victory over the Pacific, Britain or Europe. Compatible with iPhone and Android smartphones.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors for their generous contribution to our blast!

Spring Into Play Toy Blast >> giveaway rules

  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
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  • We appreciate your following our gracious sponsors; all follow entries are optional and increase your odds of winning this fabtastic prize package.
  • No substitutions allowed on any of the giveaway items. Cannot be traded for cash value.
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  • Winner will be notified via email and must respond to notification within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

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The prize items will be sent to the winner individually, from their respective sponsors. Fabtastic Bloggers is not responsible for prize fulfillment or any issues arising from the shipment of the prize, the quality of the products, or anything else related to the prize items. Any and all taxes due on the prizes are the winners’ responsibility. Not affiliated with Facebook or Twitter. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

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Get a Hop on Easter Baskets with Wonderforge! And it’s also a Giveaway!

Every year, after Church on Easter Sunday, my family has our yearly Easter egg hunt and Easter basket handout. We’re a very competitive bunch and our Easter egg hunt is like the Laura Ashley equivalent of The Hunger Games. The same competitiveness rings true through any game we’re playing – our most favorite game right now is the Nickelodeon™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Clash Alley™ Strategy Board Game.

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I grew up with TMNT – so I was super excited to get my hands on this game! Although, Shawn (my little brother), didn’t grow up with the Ninja Turtles, he was absolutely in love with this strategy game. On a mission to rescue April, you battle mutants Kraang and Shredder – you get get to recover objects and even pick up pizza! But our favorite part of this game was the 3D aspect – it adds another “layer of fun” as Shawn put it.

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It comes unattached – so you have to set it up. I’m hopeless when it comes to putting things together, but even I managed this one really well (I’m proud to say). The object of the game is to be the first turtle to complete your mission by collection your mission tile and returning to your corner home space. You do this by rolling the three dice which tell you how much you can run, climb, and leap, and you can do those in any order with the goal being to get your mission tile. It’s so fun, and super easy to understand! We played a LOT of rounds, it’s pretty addictive, it’s like a fun combination of action, puzzle, and board game because you have to figure out what moves will work best for you. Very cool!

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Another game, perfect for your younger bunnies, is the Disney Easter Matching Game! It’s so adorable, and a perfect game for young Disney fans. Favorite Disney characters are featured including Mickey (naturally), Donald, Tinker Bell, Minnie Mouse, Belle, Daisy duck, Piglet, Phineas and Pherb, the green aliens from Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh, Buzz and Woody, and more!
I’m gifting this one this Easter to my neice – who absolutely loves Disney! I love how this match game develops the memory of little ones; and thanks to Wonderforge is made out of recycled materials for a smaller footprint on our environment!

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The kind folks at Wonderforge are offering one lucky winner both the Nickelodeon™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Clash Alley™ Strategy Board Game and the Disney Easter Matching Game!

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*Wonderforge provided me with product samples in order to facilitate a review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. Giveaway open to 18+, US only. Starts 3/18 and closes on 3/26 at midnight EST.

The Big Toy Book’s Biggest Day of Holiday Play Event Recap!

I love toys, and a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to take Juliet (my little sister) to The Big Toy Book’s Biggest Day of Holiday Play event! Together, we both got a sneak peek at the hottest toys that are hitting the shelves.

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As a 90’s child I was thrilled to see the presence of a few old school toys – of course they’re all re-imagined to accommodate the taste and lifestyle of the modern child. But the purpose of toys like the Spirograph and the Slinky will always remain – and it’s to have fun!

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Some of the awesome toys that Juliet and I got to get our hands on to try were Hex Bugs – which I featured on The NYC Talon’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide! In fact, both my little brother and sister received HexBugs for Christmas (they had an awesome sale in Target, so Santa couldn’t help himself *wink, wink*). I just love HexBugs, they’re just so much fun – and completely reduce me to a nine year old kid again.

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Lite Brix was definitely one of the popular toys at the event. Personally, I’ve noticed how increasingly popular light up or glowing toys are amongst kids. Juliet loved playing with them, and was dying over their “super cool light up guitar” that Lite Brix had bought along for the event.

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One of my favorite toys, which I had never heard of up until TBTB BDH event was the Boogie Board – which apparently means that I’ve been living under a rock or something. I’ve been telling everyone about this super useful, fun toy – and during Christmas break I mentioned it in passing to one of my grandmother’s and she was like “Yeah, I love the Boogie Board! I’ve had it for a while; I use it to write down item numbers when I watch the home shopping network”. So much for being “in the know” lol!

Koosh was also super popular – the kids LOVED playing with them! But I think the adults loved them even more – their one of the toys that appeals to “kids” of all ages, which I love.

Products like the Slinky, Spirograph, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were complete throw-backs for me. I loved seeing them there alongside newer lines like AppGear, Tech4Kids, ArtSee Studio, and FlyLine RC (who are one of the awesome sponsors for The Dragyn’s Lair and The NYC Talon’s #Tweetin13 twitter party!). Juliet spent the majority of her time though with the folks from The Bridge Direct – she now wants everything she saw in that suite especially the Waverly and the Magic Seashells line, Glo Glo Inkoos, and Looney Toons stuffed animals. Meanwhile, I absolutely loved the Annoying Orange dartboard. She loved the Hello Kitty Shoulder Buddy one of the super nice ladies from The Bridge bestowed upon her, she insisted that I instagrammed it (you can see it here)!

We had a complete blast – and I have successfully solidified my reputation as one of the coolest sisters ever!

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* All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon and are not influenced in any way. I did not receive compensation for this post. I did receive a gift bag at the event, for more info please see my PR tab above.

Playing Football on Top of the World and Making it Epic : My Zamzee Review

This summer the whole family has spent a boatload of time being active outdoors. But getting out and about while the sun is blazing is never an easy task. In fact, most kids (and adults) would prefer to spend their time chilling in a room being blasted with air conditioner. But to get the kids- and by kids I mean my awesome younger sibs who will be hereafter known as Juliet and Shawn- excited about moving I turned to Zamzee!

What is Zamzee? The Zamzee is a meter that measures physical activity, and works with the website to monitor and provide kids with an interactive online experience that makes moving a fun and rewarding activity. Which basically means that your kids (or nieces, nephews, younger siblings, etc.) get a meter, join the Zamzee website, create a profile and avatar, wear their meter, track their progress, and can actually earn rewards towards cool prizes!

Juliet and Shawn were really excited about their Zamzee’s- and had a blast creating their avatar’s. Minutes after opening the package, we had their accounts successfully set up and their Zamzee’s fully running- which I was really pleased about. If you’ve ever struggled with removing a Barbie from her box on Christmas morning, or pulled out your hair over complicated packaging, start-up instructions, or a million get started steps, then you can understand how invaluable a really easy seamless set up is.

I really wish I had one of these as a kid! Juliet and Shawn insist all the time now for me to take them out to the library or park, and to sign them up for challenges, and upload their Zamz. They are determined to score something really cool from the Zamz store!

Zamzee was established in 2010 by HopeLab, a nonprofit research organization that uses the power and appeal of technology to improve the health of kids. The goal for Zamzee was to create a profitable business, while also achieving their social mission of getting kids and families moving more. Zamzee targets an audience of kids mainly between the ages of 9 to 15 – that rough spot where physical activity begins to decline, and kids are forming lifelong habits.

Click the image above for access to my Zamzee Britely book!

I really admire the idea of a company whose product is designed around an admirable social goal. I’ve found that the Zamzee’s appeal to the competitive and fun-seeking nature of kids. They want to run more, they want to go out, and they want to work towards their own goals. Here’s what Shawn and Juliet had to say about the Zamzee meters:

Juliet:

“I liked it because I got to customize my avatar, and when I exercise I’m working towards getting something. I also like that you can get awards and become “friends” with other kids on the Zamzee site- what can I say? I’m a social butterfly!”

Shawn:

“I like the rewards, it gives you something to work towards. I also like making Whamz whenever I upload my points- you can make really cool ones like ‘Football on top of the world and making it epic’.”

The Zamzee is definitely the most favorite accessory in my home right now. I would definitely recommend as a birthday, or Christmas present, or even as a tool to start getting your kids excited about moving!

For more information about the Zamzee, their history, and how it works – click here! You can also follow them on facebook or twitter. If you have any questions about the Zamzee or our experience with the Zamzee- feel free to leave a comment below, I promise I’ll answer ASAP!

Update: The super kind folks at Zamzee are now offering a discount code to my readers (that’s you!) that will take 25% off your Zamzee purchase on the website! Just use the code “LUVZZ2012″ at checkout!

*Disclaimer: I received two Zamzee’s to review. No other compensation was provided. My opinions are always my own, if I didn’t love it I would blog about it – for more info on that check out my PR tab above. Thank you!

August Favorites – The Hit List!

August has been a whirlwind month for me. Between BlogHer ’12, getting ready for back to school, and enjoying the last days of summer, I’ve managed to find so many new favorite products!

At the top of my list is the hottest toy at my house right now- the Perpluxus Epic 3D Puzzle! I can honestly attest to the fact that this game, despite being marketed to kids 8+, thoroughly appeals to puzzle-lovers of all ages. Picked up at the BlogHer ’12 swag echange at the Hilton, everybody in my house has had a go at solving it (although not everybody has actually solved it, including *cough,cough* yours truly). We love it, so if you’re looking for a game for a birthday, or if you’re already making a gameplan for Christmas – definitely look into getting your hands on one of these. Although, you should be careful, because if you drop it (or if it rolls off your bed, like ours did) – then a little piece could pop off the puzzle and render it semi-broken (like ours is).

The next item on my list is another product that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with, and that’s Kiss’ Impress Nails. This has already received a lot of hype all over the internet, in magazines, everywhere- but this is really one of those rare products that actually is deserving of all the hype surrounding it. So get your talons on a set of these, they’re perfect for when you’re on the go and want chip-proof, professional looking nails. Check out their designs, and get a $1 coupon here!

Have you ever purchased one really good-for-you sounding snack bar only to find that it’s chock full of sugar and carbs? Yeah, been there, done that. Rickland Orchards new Greek Yogurt Bar’s are the solution to your snacking woe’s (because there’s nothing worse than a snacking woe). Not only do they taste really really good (my favorite is the Cherry Almond one’s), but they only have 22 carbs, and boast 5 g’s of fiber (leaving your net carb at 17), and 7g’s of protein – which is pretty good as far as snack bars go.

I cannot get enough of the smell of the Apotheke:M Coconut Jasmine Enriched Body Creme- it’s definitely my favorite body creme right now. It has a nice coconut scent, without being heavy like most products with shea butter usually are. The jasmine acts as a toner, chamomile as a soother, argan oil as a emollient, and avocado and shea butter acts as moisturizers. I haven’t had a chance to try the whole line (which is priced at $8.99 a piece at Target), but if they’re as good as the creme then I’ll definitely purchase the whole set!

So that’s it for my August monthly favorites! Have you discovered any new products you love??? Let me know in the comments section below!