Friday, April 29, 2011

PROM: Who are you going (to see it) with?

Not sure about you- but I've got my date!

Prom (2011)

PG  103 min  -  Comedy | Drama   -  29 April 2011 (USA)

Director: Joe Nussbaum

Writer:Katie Wech

This movie has something for everyone- no matter which stereotype you fit in high school- you see yourself in one or more of the characters.  Prom for most high schoolers is one of the most anticipated events of their school years.  And it's all about who you're going with, what you're wearing, how you're going to get there and all those details that really make the night.

Some of the movie watchers got dressed up and into the spirit of the movie.  This movie would be perfect in most places as it is PROM season most everywhere (except here in Hawaii- we do that during Spring Break and not in our gyms).

We all knew these people in high school who appear in PROM:
  • Nova: the super-achiever, prom planning committee chair and girl who just can't get asked
  • Jesse: the bad boy, uninterested in anything to do with school who just doesn't seem to care
  • Jordan: the popular girl
  • Tyler: Jordan's other half, the jock
  • Justin and Mei: that couple that has been together since middle school- already a given that they are going!
  • Lucas: the wanna-be cool kid, doing what it takes to fit in and get noticed
  • Corey: Lucas' best friend and definite band geek
  • Rolo: dude!
  • Ali: Nova's best friend and girl that keeps tabs on what everyone is doing
  • Simone: Sophomore, talented musician and confused about boys
  • Brandon: the other super-achiever, involved in everything and going places
  • Lloyd: the shy guy
  • Tess: Lloyd's step-sister and his personal cheerleader
  • Kranton: watch out! 
There were some cute ways of the guys asking their dates to Prom, but Lloyd wins for most attempts and keeping them creative!  Jesse just didn't get what the big deal about Prom was, but Nova tries to teach him that no matter who you were the last 4 years of high school, it's the one night that brings them all together.  It's like their lives all finally intersect for this one big event they've been looking forward to.  It hasn't been all ups either- it almost gets canceled when the decorations all get destroyed and they learn a neighboring high school is using almost the same exact theme!

This movie had us reliving the good times and the bad from our proms: picking out dresses and the rest of the ensemble, getting hair and nails done- all dolled up for pictures with our dates, cars breaking down, dates leaving with other people, after-prom parties.

After the movie, we talked about which PROM character we were most like during our high school years:
Jenny- "I was Ali, making sure all my friends had dates and preparations were taken care of, the matchmaker."
Erin- "I most liked Lloyd when he taught not to wait for the right moments to happen but to make them happen."
Megan- Didn't even have to ask- she is Corey, during the movie she was naming off the songs on the soundtrack!
Rach wants to think she's like Nova cause does a great job of looking put-together during the movie, but admits that her high school days she was most like Simone and fell for the smooth talkers even when the good guys were right there.
Rach and girls got dressed up for Premiere- they weren't the only ones!
I was very involved like Nova- class presidency, dance committees- finding a date to the prom was hardest part.  I went through it all- saying "no", finally saying "yes" and going for Junior year then saying yes but bailing out and even asking someone (as it is pretty common here in Hawaii for girls to do) my Senior year.  I still give my husband a hard time cause he never asked me, but he reminded me "how many people really end up with their prom dates?"  So maybe I'll ease up on him.

Which character do you think you were most like in high school?

Overall, I thought this movie was fun, the characters relate-able and situations just cheesy enough to help us laugh at our own Prom experiences.  It was also the type of movie that was funny with some drama and romance to it- a nice mixture.  Also a fun movie for the younger ones who look forward to their proms someday!

“Prom” hits theaters April 29, 2011!  

For more information, visit: disney.go.com/prom

Just to whet your appetite for PROM, here's one of the official trailers now: 


We were not paid for this post although we did attend an advance showing of the movie free of charge.  Any and all opinions here are our own.

Aloha Friday


from Kailani's blog:

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

This week's question: In case you're wondering, yes,  I do have royal wedding fever.  One reason is that I remember Princess Di's wedding that I watched at the crack of dawn as a 6th grader.  Another reason is that I was in London last summer and stood outside Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard.  So the history of this moment means a lot to me.  Will you, are you, did you watch the wedding this weekend of Prince William and Kate Middleton?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

QUICKIE GIVEAWAY for iPAD app

Electric Eggplant has just published a new iPad app. "Be Confident in Who You Are: A Middle School Confidential™ Graphic Novel” is for 8-14 year olds. We had hoped to review it here but the folks with the iPad have younger kids and the reviewer with the older kids (that's me, peeps) doesn't have an iPad.  So we have a code for this app that is going to expire tomorrow at 11:59 pm.
There is no mandatory entry for this giveaway.  To enter you can do one of two things or you can do both (make sure you leave a comment for each thing you do):

Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S.  This giveaway ends on 4/29/11 at 12:01AM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 12 hours or I will draw another winner.

 *I was not paid for this blog post.  Any and all opinions here are my own.

Winners

Winner, winner, winner! We just LOVE giving away free products here on Moana Saves that we have also tried and highly recommend. I just wanted to say that we wouldn't have a successful site for sharing our reviews if it wasn't for all of our loyal bloggy friends. Thanks for visiting Moana Saves!

The two Schick Disposable winners are: #17 Carolwegs and #28 Madonna. Congrats!

The two winners of a coupon for free Purex Complete with Zout are: #134 Mandy and #146 Michelle



Snorg T-Shirts: A Review and Giveaway


Snorg.  It's a fun word to say.  It's also a fun site to shop!  SnorgTees are all about the fun.  Fun t-shirts for everyone!  Some info about how Snorg was born provides insight into the business and the people who run it: "SnorgTees got its start back in May 2004 when our group of friends decided that we weren't meant for a real job. We got our options narrowed down to international jewel thieves or internet t-shirt tycoons. Since it was the middle of the summer, we weren't able to find enough ski masks, which left t-shirts as our only option. Fast forward a few years and we've grown to the point where people mistake us for an actual business. We've even shipped a shirt to NASA. That means space. So technically we're a universal company. But we are still just a group of friends who run Snorg because we enjoy it."

Me again.  I'm dotting this review with some of my favorite Snorg t-shirt designs because they are uber-snarky and clever.  The design on the left is the one that First Born requested.  It is an American Apparel medium weight shirt which I really like--not too thin and not too heavy.  It is true to size although it shrank a bit (as disclosed on SnorgTees.com) but holds up well after several washings.  I tried to catch First Born actually wearing the shirt but she's a bit of a ninja teenager and this t-shirt is a part of her regular rotation which means that SnorgTees passes the teenage coolness test in my house.  Their t-shirts are categorized topically and Snorg also sells hoodies, kids shirts and hats (have you seen the beardheads yet?).

You can sign up for the SnorgTees newsletter where you can get notified of the latest t-shirts on the site, when they're giving away free t-shirts and special discounts.  Snorg accepts credit cards and Paypal plus they also ship internationally. 

BUY: Check out all the fun t-shirts at SnorgTees.

WIN: One lucky Moana Saves reader will win the Snorg t-shirt of his or her choice!  For your mandatory entry in this giveaway, go to SnorgTee's to shop the shirts then come back and leave a comment about which one is your favorite.

To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
3. Follow
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5. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win the t-shirt of your choice from @snorgtees and @moanasaves ends 5/12 http://bit.ly/ko16SD
6. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar).
7. Like the 
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Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S.  This giveaway ends on 5/12/11 at 11:59 PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.

 *I was not paid, but did recieve products to facilitate this review.  Any and all opinions here are my own.

Royal Wedding Mania!

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Do you have Royal Wedding Fever yet?  This is the biggest thing since Lady Di became Princess Di!  And, honestly, a fairy tale royal wedding comes around about as often as Hailey's Comet so it's fun to get trending info from Yahoo about Prince William and Kate Middleton:

Kate Middleton Receives More Searches Than Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Other Celebrities and Politicians This Week, According to Yahoo!

Plus, Watch the Royal Wedding Live on Yahoo!

SUNNYVALE, CA (April 27, 2011) – Americans are eagerly awaiting the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and interest in the future Princess is at an all-time high. According to searches on Yahoo!, “Kate Middleton” is still the top searched royal wedding-related term on Yahoo!. In both the U.S. and the UK, she receives more than double the searches Prince William receives. She is more searched in the U.S. than in the U.K, and she is sparking more interest than President Obama, Donald Trump, David Beckham, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and other celebrities.  

Another lady sparking Americans’ interest: Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry’s date to the royal wedding. In the U.S. this week, searches for “Chelsy Davy” have surpassed searches for Prince William on Yahoo!.

Additional search trends on Yahoo! this week:
·         In the U.S.  this week Kate Middleton is receiving more searches than:
o   David Beckham
o   Lady Gaga
o   Katie Price
o   Barack Obama
o   Victoria Beckham
o   Angelina Jolie
o   Britney Spears
o   Sarah Palin
o   Donald Trump
·         Prince Harry’s girlfriend Chelsy Davy is buzzing this week, as word that she will accompany the prince to the wedding. Searches for Chelsy are up 3713% this week on Yahoo!.
o   Searches for “Prince Harry Girlfriend “ are up 898% this week
·         Searches for the Royal Wedding Guest List are heating up. People are anxious to know who got the invite. Searches on Yahoo! are up 3107% this week.
o   We are even seeing searches on Yahoo! for “Americans Invited To Royal Wedding”
o   And searches are spiking for “is snoop dog a guest at the royal wedding”
o   Searches are up for “royal wedding seating chart”
·         When, Where and What Time? People are still looking for answers on when, where and what time the royal wedding is.
o   Searches for “Royal Wedding Time” are up 2604% this week on Yahoo!
o   Searches on Yahoo! for “What Time Is The Royal Wedding” are up  1132% this week
·         There continues to be interest in how Kate is preparing her “look” for the big day.
o   Searches for “Kate Middleton Diet” are still of interest this week. Up 1705% on Yahoo!.
o   We also see searches on Yahoo! for her hair style, her hair color, her makeup and her style
o   Searches are spiking for “Prince William bald”
·         Questions - some quirky questions that people want answered:
o   Searches on Yahoo! are off the charts* for “who is Prince Harry’s father”
o   Searches are spiking for:
1.       What Time Is It In London
2.       Who Will Be The Next King Of England
3.       What Will Kate Middleton’s Title Be
4.       When Did Princess Diana Die
o   Searches for “What Is Prince Williams Last Name” are up 1199% this week and “What Is Prince Williams Full Name “ are up 774% on Yahoo!
1.       The big age question:
1.       Searches for “How Old Is Kate Middleton “ are up 672% this week
2.       “How Old Is Prince Harry” are off the charts*
3.       “How Old Is Prince William” are up 224%
4.       “How Old Is Queen Elizabeth” are off the charts*
2.       The big height question:
1.       “How Tall Is Kate Middleton” are off the charts*
2.       “How Tall Is Prince Harry“ are off the charts*
3.       “How Tall Is Prince William” are off the charts*
·         Royal Wedding Party Ideas:
o   Searches are off the charts* for “Royal Wedding party ideas”, searches are off the charts
1.       Searches are spiking for “royal wedding cake recipe “
o   Memorabilia (searches are up 485% this week):
1.       Searches on Yahoo! up for “royal wedding 2011 shirts”
o   Searches for “royal wedding party supplies” are spiking
·         Wedding Dress:
o   Searches for the “Royal Wedding dress” are up 999% this week
o   Dresses of the past are spiking including searches for Queen Victoria’s wedding dress, Princess Diana wedding dress

Watch the wedding live at http://royalwedding.yahoo.com and check out the British Monarchy’s Official Flickr stream for behind-the-scenes photos of the wedding preparations: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy


Get Your Royal Wedding Information on Yahoo!:
Visit Yahoo!’s Royal Wedding website: http://royalwedding.yahoo.com
View the British Monarchy’s Official Flickr Stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy
Visit Shine From Yahoo!: http://shine.yahoo.com
Follow Yahoo!’s royal wedding coverage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yahooshine
Follow Yahoo!’s royal wedding coverage on Twitter: http://twitter.com/yahooshine

Should be fun to watch! 

Miranda Cosgrove EP High Maintenance: A Review


Miranda Cosgrove is undoubtedly one of my soon-to-be-8-year-old-daughter's favorite actresses. Miranda who? Miranda Cos... I mean Carly, from iCarly of course! I have to admit, even I enjoy the teen star in her Nickelodeon hit show. So, when I heard she had a new CD, I was excited to review it... for my daughter, of course! And, it's a good thing I listened to it before I let my daughter do so.

Cosgrove's new EP High Maintenance features five tracks:
  • Dancing Crazy
  • High Maintenance
  • Face of Love
  • Kiss You Up
  • Sayonara

While I actually enjoy the beats and music in the tracks, some of the lyrics are inappropriate (my own opinion) for my not-even-pre-teen-daughter. I guess I was just expecting a more iCarly-ish kid-friendly vibe, but when I realized that Miranda Cosgrove is actually 17 herself, I understood why the songs are a little more mature.

Overall, the songs are fun, catchy and danceworthy, but I know I wouldn't want my daughter singing along to "So what if I break a few glasses, kick a few a**es" -- lyrics from the title track, High Maintenance. I really liked the song Kiss You Up because it actually features her voice talent without all of the digital enhancements... and it is reminiscent of the crazy in love teenage feelings we've all experienced. *SIGH* However, the last track, Sayonara, while it starts out innocent enough with lyrics like, "Like a ninja out of the dark, I'll steal your heart," later in the song she sings, "Hands all over my body, Work me out like karate." Umm, yeah, I'll have to hold on to this CD for a while before I let my daughter listen to it.... like, maybe on her wedding night!

Good job Carly, uh I mean Miranda, but I'll censor my daughter's music for as long as I can. I would recommend this CD for an older teenage audience, but if your young daughters insist on having it, be wary of some of the lyrics. As for my daughter, I'll have to do the rockin' out myself for now!

High Maintenance is available on Amazon as well as other music outlets online and off.


I was not compensated for this post but I did receive a product sample to facilitate this review.  Any and all opinions here are mine.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Swell Skin: A Review (for Mother's Day)

Swell Skin Care is... well, pretty doggone SWELL! I was intrigued with the claims of this miraculous healing berry that is used in the facial soap and oil - Seabuckthorn - and wanted to see if it really did what it said it could. While I don't have really bad acne, I am no stranger to minor breakouts or the occasional, uh maybe frequent, ginormous pimple... especially when it's that time of the month. Lucky for me, I started using the Swell Face treatment a few days before that lovely time of the month, which was almost two weeks ago. My face is happy. No, really, it is. It feels good, but more importantly it looks good... thanks to the soap bar and amazing Oil of Seabuckthorn. Okay, so I usually get at least one honker around that time of the month in the most conspicuous place possible (think tip of my nose or smack dab in the middle of my forehead). This month, the pimplesaur was on my left cheek and was one of those under-the-skin-painful-bump-pimples... anyone feeling me here? Anyway, I was a little dubious that the seabuckthorn oil could make my blemishes magically disappear, but alas, it did. You won't believe it until you try it yourself. I am surprised that I hadn't heard of this extreme goodness before...
The REALLY cool thing about SWELL Skin Care is that it's just a two-step skin care regimen. Just two steps for awesome looking and feeling skin? That, in itself, makes this stuff worth a try... and then when you see the results you'll see it was more than worth it. And, it's not just for pimples, it's for all-around wonderful-looking skin, so use it for rashes, fine lines, and whatever other blemishes you might have. And let's face it, as crazy busy moms, we're prone
to a blemish or two every other hour, er, day. This will make a fabulous Mother's Day gift... if not for your own mother, for yourself, because you need to be spoiled, too!

You can buy the facial bar for $32 and the Swell Oil of Seabuckthorn for $22, if you buy them separately, OR you can save some money and purchase both - the Swell Union - for just $49. Okay, you might be thinking, "JUST $49?" but when you see what these products can do, you'll be saying the same thing. I will definitely be purchasing the Swell Union once I run out of my supply. Check out the SWELL website to find out more about (and buy) these Swellicious products!

 I was not compensated to write this post although I did receive some products to facilitate my review here.  Any and all opinions are mine.

Chuao Chocolatier Review and Giveaway

CHOCOLATE! I love that I had the chance to try these out! Before I tell you what I thought, here's some background information about the company so you can see how awesome they are.

Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-WOW) is the first Venezuelan Chocolatier based in the USA and Southern California's premier artisan chocolatier. Founded in 2002 by Master Chef Michael Antonorsi and his brother, CEO Richard Antonorsi, Chuao Chocolatier has pioneered “fusion chocolate” through a commitment to creating uniquely delicious chocolate experiences. Michael wanted to open a unique chocolate boutique that blended modern-day innovations with his Venezuelan family traditions.

Their signature flavor is Spicy Maya, a modern twist on the Mayan's ancient hot chocolate recipe made with pasilla chile and cayenne pepper. (Isn't your mouth just waiting to try some?)
Unusual flavor combinations, the heart of Chuao Chocolatier’s unique experience, include: Pan con Chocolate: a dark chocolate bonbon filled with toasted panko breadcrumbs, olive oil ganache and a touch of sea salt and Firecracker: caramel fudge with chipotle chile and salt, rolled in popping candy and enrobed in dark chocolate. (You know you want to try it!)

I was given four samples to try out. The first two I tried were the Choco Pods, Spicy Maya and Firecracker. Choco Pods are .39 oz (11g) and shaped like a chocolate bean pod (at least that's what I'm getting - the picture is not the actual Choco Pod I tasted).

I tried Spicy Maya first, it's dark chocolate with pasilla chile, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. When I first took a bite, I thought to myself, it's not spicy at all and it tasted like a regular chocolate bar. But as I passed around the pod to my family, the spiciness crept up on me and it hit me! The spice is subtle and doesn't kick you in the face with its flavor. It sneaks up on you and when it shows up, you're pleasantly surprised. You can definitely taste the cinnamon which doesn't overpower the other flavors. 

The next Choco Pod was the Firecracker - (dark chocolate chipotle, salt and popping candy) The wrapper described it as unusual, unexpected and delicious, which is a perfect description. I was excited to try this one because I wanted to see what the popping candy would do to the chocolate. My first bite and the popping candy did it's job. I love the popping candy! The little tingles of the candy with the taste of chocolate and chipotle is amazing! The chipotle spice is a lot more prominent, not an "in-your-face" kind of way but it's definitely more powerful and more flavorful. Since I like spicy food, chocolate and candy, the Firecracker is the winner. However if you're more into subtle spice and chocolate, the Spicy Maya is for you! 

Next up on the list were two bars, MORE chocolate! I was excited and unsure of what to expect. The bars are 60% cacao (yum! I love me some dark chocolate!) and 2.8 oz (80g). First up the Panko (dark chocolate bar with toasted panko breadcrumbs and sea salt). When I first read panko breadcrumbs, I pictured the chocolate covered in panko crumbs like tempura batter. Silly me! The panko is mixed in with the chocolate! I took a bite and I could definitely taste the panko breadcrumbs, not in a bad way. It reminded me of a Crunch bar but with much better tasting chocolate and less rice crispiness. My husband liked how the salt brought out the chocolate flavor and I have to agree with him. It is really chocolatey and yummy. 
 
I was quite sad when I ate the last bar because that would mean that the review was over. The Honeycomb bar is dark chocolate with caramelized honey. I thought it tasted just like a chocolate bar and wondered what those little bits were doing in the bar and then I realized it was the honey! It reminds me of little toffee bits but better! They don't get stuck in your teeth! It melts in your mouth along with the chocolate like one smooth chocolate ride! 

These chocolate bars are amazing! 

Oh and did I tell you? These guys are so awesome! They are so committed to their roots and strive to sustain and revitalize the cacao industry in Venezuela that their company has an initiative called Aguasanta Growth Initiative. It provides needed funding to the Venezuelan cacao farmers for plant seedlings as well as training to increase growth of their cacao crops. 

If you are unsure of what to get your mom/wife/sister/girlfriend/female for fill-in-the-blank Day, ahem, Mother's Day and you know they like/love/obsess/crave chocolate, you need to walk, no, sprint to the closest computer (or store) and get some of these chocolates! It's unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind and (did I mention) delicious chocolate! They have fun flavors for all kinds of tastes! When you go check out their website, you'll see that there are so many different options besides chocolate, there are brownie mixes - for the moms who love to bake (which would most likely be your mom), hot chocolate, gift boxes and more!

BUY: You can go online at www.chuaochocolatier.com. While you're there, can you get me some Firecracker? Thanks.  If you'd rather go to a physical store, you can find Chuao Chocolatier creations at fine specialty retailers including Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, Wegman's and Crate and Barrel, as well as premier restaurants, select hotels and resorts including Omni Hotels, La Costa Resort & Spa, Four Seasons, Hard Rock Hotel and more.  

WIN: One lucky Moana Saves reader will win the ChocoPod 8 piece Assorted Gift Box! Experience all 8 ChocoPods in one cute box- Coco, Coffee & Anise, Firecracker, Honeycomb, Leche, Oscuro, Panko and Spicy Maya!  All natural & just 50 calories each! For your mandatory entry in this giveaway, go to Chuao's homepage and sign up for their newsletter (lower right hand side).

To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
3. Follow
Moana Saves on Twitter.
5. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win the chocopod 8 piece gift box from @chuaochocoholic and @moanasaves ends 5/11 http://bit.ly/eapQwg
6. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar).
7. Like the 
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Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S.  This giveaway ends on 5/11/11 at 11:59 PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.

 *I was not paid, but did recieve products to facilitate this review.  Any and all opinions here are my own.

Scandle Candle Review & Giveaway



Do you want to be pampered this Mother's Day? I have just the gift for you! I was privileged to test out a fabulous massage product made by Scandle Candle, their shimmering lotion candle. This isn't just any ordinary massage candle but a candle that burns at 2 degrees above body temperature. Just light the wick, wait a few minutes, and enjoy the scented ambience and the wonderfully smooth massage oils.


Scandle Candle has a very informative website which includes an in-depth FAQ page with answers to questions like who shouldn't use Scandle (those with nut allergies), the average burn time of the candle and how you can tell when a massage candle is made mostly of soy wax. (Soy wax is a bad thing, by the way. Massaging with wax? Ew.) I love a good massage but I was especially pleased with the foot rub my husband gave me. We're sandal wearing people but I hate dry heels. This oil was so luxurious it left me feeling moisturized and soft for days!


What I loved about my lotion candle:
*Made from all natural ingredients including soy, shea butter, jojoba & vitamin E.
*I sampled the shimmering lotion candle and honestly the shimmer isn't overpowering. I live in a very sunny environment and I had to look closely in the sunlight to see the shimmer. Supposedly it hides imperfections by deflecting light. How cool is that? Filling my wrinkles and aged skin with soft & slightly luminescent oils. What a genius idea!
*The oil feels so light and soothing. I was afraid of feeling sticky like I was coated in something but instead my skin felt soft to the touch.
*I like the candle holder design with the lip. My sample was actually the travel sized container without a lip and I found that I struggled to pour precisely where I wanted without spilling. Definitely order the lipped candle.
I must admit that the Lily of the Valley wasn't my favorite scent but that's because I'm not a floral girl. I would love to smell their vanilla or fig & brown sugar scents.


BUY: You can purchase Scandle Candle products online at their site. Plus, for the month of April, Scandle is donating $1 from all orders to the Arbor Day Foundation in celebration of Earth Month. Show your support and purchase eco-friendly candles today!




WIN: Scandle Candle is offering one Moana Saves winner the chance to win their very own travel-sized tin in Lilly of the Valley scent. To enter tell me one thing you like about Scandle Candle's product. Is it their eco-friendly soy candle, the lipped canister or the idea of a smooth massage oil that comes in the form of an aromatic candle?

To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
3. Follow 
 Moana Saves on Twitter.

4. Follow Scandle Candle on Twitter
5. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar).
6. Like the 
Moana Saves Facebook page.
  
7. Like Scandle Candle on Facebook

8. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win a travel scandle candle from @scandlecandle and @moanasaves ends 5/11 http://bit.ly/ehgg3T

Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S. This giveaway ends on
5/11/11 at 11:59 PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.

I was not compensated for this post although I did receive product to facilitate my review.  Any and all opinions here are my own.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bottled Up Designs Review and Giveaway

Even better than lovely jewelry for mom on Mother's Day is jewelry made with repurposed materials and rich with history.  That is what makes Laura Bergman's line of jewelry special--every piece in the Bottled Up collection has been made from pieces of broken antique glass.  On her website she talks about how she sees potential in the pieces of glass she collects: "To me, though broken, this glass still has beauty and history, so I decided to pick up the pieces and turn them into something beautiful again, in my remarkable line of recycled glass jewelry. Each piece of this eco friendly jewelry is truly 'A Little Piece of History for you to Wear.'" 

Not only is every item "a little piece of history for you to wear," they're also quite stunning! Laura sent me the golden amber depression glass rectangle earrings to review.  I loved them when I saw them on the Bottled Up site but in person they're even more amazing.  They kind of glow!   These earrings, as with all of the Bottled Up pieces, came with its own "story of the glass."  Bottled Up jewelry is eco-friendly, beautiful and wrapped with sterling silver (are you checking out all of these recycled glass pieces in these pics?).  For the mom in your life who values creating the new from old, who loves antiques or history, a pendant or earrings from Bottled Up will make her very happy!

SHOP: You can browse and buy these one-of-kind pieces at Bottled Up.  You can also sign up for Bottled Up's mailing list and receive 15% off your first purchase.

WIN: Laura is giving one lucky Moana Saves reader a Bottled Up piece of his/her choice (pair of earrings or pendant).  To enter this giveaway, your mandatory entry will be to sign up for Bottled Up Designs newsletter HERE This is your mandatory entry which means you have to do it first before earning additional entries.

To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
3. Follow
Moana Saves on Twitter.

4. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win recycled glass jewelry from Bottled Up Designs and @moanasaves ends 5/10 http://bit.ly/e2AhAt
5. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar).
6. Like the 
Moana Saves Facebook page.
Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S.  This giveaway ends on 5/10/11 at 11:59 PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.

 *I was not paid, but did recieve products to facilitate this review.  Any and all opinions here are my own.

MOVIE Review: Disney's African Cats

My family loves movies. To encourage good entertainment habits we only watch movies on the weekends. So we are particular about the movies we choose. When we saw a preview for African Cats, we were hooked.

Here's the summary for African Cats on IMDB: A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.  Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson




It was a fun adventure seeing African Cats. Being a mother of 5 I felt a connection with these Mama Cats and their stories of survival and protection. My kids loved it, they talked for days after about the cheetahs and the lions. They continued to tell everyone how the lions fought & how the cheetahs ran.  We will definitely be getting this movie when it comes to DVD, or even better BlueRay. This is a MUST SEE!

African Cats is in Theaters NOW!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Olive Oil Desserts Cookbook Winner

The winner of the Olive Oil Desserts cookbook is #112, Baby Mama!
You're going to love this recipe book!



Loveable Labels: Book Worms, A Review and Giveaway!

I’m an organizin’ type of gal.
Or at least I was… until I had five kids…
I love to be organized, clean, and label things. Everything should have a place, don’t you think?
Well, since I’m unable to be my usually slightly OCD self with five little rascals to completely undo what I’ve done right behind me, I was stoked to get a pack of Book Worm Labels from Loveable Labels.
I am a bone-a-fide bookworm. I love books. (I was the one in fourth grade that sat on the sidewalk and read at recess instead of playing...) It’s hard for me to even get rid of duplicate books…it’s sad.  (Sorry Kindle, I’m taken.)

In turn, and thank goodness, my kids love books as well.  But, let’s face it. Kids lose stuff. We have a huge family (and I mean HUGE), so we are constantly getting a whole slough of toys and books that rotate houses, and who knows what belongs where, and when they got there, and oh my goodness. 
And with more than one set of cousins all receiving the same mail-order books, it’s hard to keep track.

Enter: Loveable Labels



These labels are fabulous. They are NOT made of paper. Halleluiah! Thank you to the mom who thought of that in 2003! The labels are made of plastic and are tough. And, they don't come off! Trust me, I tried. Hard. 

Loveable Labels are:

  • waterproof
  • dishwasher safe
  • microwave safe
  • washer and dryer safe
  • sun safe
  • bleach safe
  • sunscreen safe
  • temperature safe
Made to stand the test of time, and tiny hands that wonder what would happen if… you know what I mean.
The tags are personalized (you pick what name you want on them), and they come in an assortment of adorable patterns.

If I ever need to know if a stray book is ours, I just open the cover and check for our label.
Book Worm labels are just one of the lines they offer.  They have metal tags, iron ons, bag tags, wristbands, you name it. 
With Loveable Labels you can label ANYTHING- clothes, shoes, school supplies, lunchboxes, toys, books… anything. Really.

SHOP: Check out Loveable Labels here for all of your labeling needs.


WIN: One lucky Moana Saves reader will some Book Worm labels! To enter just tell us what you need to label in your life (or your kids') to get more organized. This is your mandatory entry which means you have to do it first before earning additional entries.

To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
3. Follow
Moana Saves on Twitter.

4. Follow Lovable Labels on Twitter.
5. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win Book Worm labels from @mylovablelabels and @moanasaves ends 5/9 http://bit.ly/f0qEOE
6. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar).
7. Like the 
Moana Saves Facebook page.

Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S. or Canada.  This giveaway ends on 5/9/11
at 11:59 PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.

 *I was not paid, but did recieve products to facilitate this review.  Any and all opinions here are my own.
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