** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010

 I'm a computer "geek"... that's no big secret! I love anything to do with computers, and have self-taught myself to fix, troubleshoot, download, and operate one. I pride myself on keeping up with the latest software programs and their features. Working in an office for many years, I'm very familiar with Microsoft programs -- especially Word, Excel, and Outlook. I've dabbled with PowerPoint as well, and find it intriguing and fun! I recently had a chance … [Read more...]

Holiday Review: Misikko “Hana Titanium Flat Iron”

I've always had very thick, long, coarse, wavy hair.. which can be both good and bad. Because of this, I can wear my hair in a variety of different styles.. depending on my mood. Some days I want lots of cute, flowing curls. Other days, I want more of a sleek, smooth, straight look. Unfortunately, if I don't do one or the other... I just get a big ball of frizz... not good. :( Now... because my hair is so very thick, I need a good... no, an EXCELLENT flat iron to produce the look I … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Charm Factory Beaded Bracelet

 When I first decided to name my blog, Mother of Pearl It Is, (a sweet story... you should really read all about HERE) -- it was often mistaken for a jewelry store. Get it .. Mother of Pearl?! Yeah well, I only WISH I owned my own jewelry store, but alas.. it wasn't in the cards. However, I do fancy a great piece of jewelry! The Charm Factory happens to be a favorite place of mine! I've worked with them several times and have always been 100% satisfied with my review … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Chuggington Wooden Railway

 Trains have always fascinated me! My grandpa was a conductor for many, many years, and I can remember riding on the "real" trains as a child. My cousins had the most awesome Lionel train set on a platform in their basement, and that was the first place we would head to when visiting. We'd be downstairs playing for hours! My kiddos are all too old for a train set now, but my little nephew was more than willing to help me review the Chuggington Wooden Railway! I received … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Hearts For Hearts Girls Dolls #MyBlogSpark

 Changing the World One Heart at a Time! That is the goal of the new Hearts For Hearts Girls doll line and fashion collection from Playmates Toys. The collection features six dolls from around the world, each with an inspiring story to share. I'm sure by now you've seen the ads for the adorable Hearts For Hearts Girls dolls! I recently had the opportunity for my youngest daughter to review one! Her doll's name is "Nahji," and she hails … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Boogie Board and Message Center

 Introducing the Improv Electronics Boogie Board eWriter -- get organized without the use of countless dry erase boards, sticky notes (I'm good for this one), and notepads. I am a -- AHEM -- "well-seasoned" individual and usually have a tough time remembering appointments, important events, and yes.. even birthdays -- unless I have them written down somewhere. Can you say "old lady brain?" Although I did like the ease of list-making with the Boogie Board, I … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Energizer Dual USB and Cables

  In this day and age, most households have at least a couple USB powered devices in their home. Or if you're like us, we have a bajillion of them.. cell phones, digital cameras, mp3 players, etc. So, when everyone wants to connect their own to our computers, and there aren't enough ports.. it can get a bit hairy. :) Energizer, a leader in innovative batteries, lighting products, and portable power devices, now introduces it's Universal USB Chargers for … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: SBS Teas (and Coffees)

   There is nothing better than a good cup of tea... or for me, even better.. a good cup of coffee! My first "go-to" shop when looking for great taste, value, and variety is SBS Teas. I've worked with owner and creator, Barbara, several times in the past, and she is always pleasant and giving. For this year's Holiday Gift Guide, she jumped right in and is offering a $50 Gift Certificate to shop at SBS Teas. SBS Teas has SO many delicious flavors of teas, … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Ozeri Duo Ultra Salt & Pepper Grinder

   I love well-seasoned foods... particularly with salt & pepper. Fresh ground black pepper is the best, but I've never tried fresh ground salt until recently. I was given the opportunity to review another great Ozeri product.. the Ozeri Duo Ultra Salt & Pepper Grinder. This handy, little gadget is sturdy and stylish, and a compliment to any kitchen. It utilizes powerful eco-friendly gears and a space saving design that combines both salt and pepper into one … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Hallmark Recordable Storybooks

   Hallmark.. a name widely associated with the holidays! If you've ever visited one of their stores, you know you can never leave empty-handed... at least I can't. :) These days, Hallmark is more than just Greeting Cards ... you can find so many fabulous gift ideas there for any occasion -- Gift Wrap, Announcements & Photo Cards, Stationery, Keepsake Ornaments, Party Plates, and more.I've worked with Hallmark several times in the past, and … [Read more...]

Holiday Review: Hickory Farms ~ A Family Tradition

     I was very excited to be asked to participate in a Hickory Farms blog tour for Mom Central! :) Hickory Farms has been a big part of my family's holiday traditions for many years. Growing up, I remember purchasing and receiving their delicious food boxes and baskets. Always fresh and filled to the brim with tasty treats like their yummy sausage and cheese, HoneyGold ham, nuts, fruit, and more! For decades, Hickory Farms has delivered beautifully decorated packages … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Belly Charms

 I am so pleased to have Belly Charms participating in our Holiday Gift guide for 2011! I've worked with the lovely Sonya several times in the past, and all of her products are just beautiful! She puts so much care and detail into each piece that she creates. I love every piece I've ever gotten from her! What started as Maternity/Pregnancy Belly Button Rings has grown into a wide array of other fabulous products including Mother's Bracelets and Anklets, Affirmation … [Read more...]

** CLOSED ** 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways: TI-Nspire CX Handheld Calculator

Being that our oldest daughter is a Senior this year, she has several courses that are at college level. She also works a job after school and on weekends, so we wanted a calculator that would help her with her work.. in and out of school. We were excited to try out the new TI-Nspire CX Handheld Calculator from Texas Instruments! Let me tell ya... this calculator is no ordinary calculator! It's like a mini-computer.. no kidding! I was amazed, intrigued, and a bit overwhelmed with … [Read more...]

I Found Santa’s Hideout!!

    Oh yes .. the time has come! There are only 32 days left 'til jolly old Saint Nick comes a-visiting! I don't know about your kids, but mine have had their Christmas lists done since the beginning of fall! :) And it seems the older they get, the more items get added. I used to type up their lists and make copies for the grandparents and anyone else that asked about what they would like for Christmas. Until now that is ... Santa's Hideout is a fun, new site and … [Read more...]