Thursday, March 26

You Capture - Reflection


I know the point is to go out and shoot this week but I have a couple of reflection pictures that I took because I loved the look of the reflection so I think they fit this week's challenge. I took these in January in State Line, Nevada from the 18th floor of Harrah's casino. I want to have these picture printed and framed and hang them in the living room.

Lake Tahoe

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Tuesday, March 24


Magic Senses
Congratulations to:

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:2 3
Timestamp: 2009-03-25 20:15:44 UTC

2- Penelope
3 - Mom to Three

Clorox canisters
Congratulations to:

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

8 - Just Jill
3 - JK
1 - Tammy
11 - Leigh Spoon
10 - Leigh Spoon
23 - Sportzgrl4God
17 - Peggy
6 - Penelope
7 - Andrea

I have sent you each an e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or I'll have to pick new winners and I don't want to do that!

Tuesday, March 17

You Capture - Shadows


This was the lamp in our hotel room at the W in Atlanta. I love that lamp! I took pictures of it with the light on and off and with a flash and without. Love shadows shapes.

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Magic Senses soap and a GIVEAWAY - CLOSED

This week I received an adorable bar of butterfly soap from Magic Senses and Mom Fuse. Look how cute this is:

Magic Senses specializes in handcrafted glycerin soap and whipped body butter and they offer over 55 designs and fragrances.
My daughter is all about butterflies right now so this was a perfect fit for the kids bathroom. I was surprised at how thick the soap was and the smell is amazing. The detail in the design is so pretty. Every time someone comes over I have to show them the soap. Smell it - look how cute!
I went out tho their website and I know have a list of all the different soaps I want to try. Number one on my list is Cherry Vanilla.
Do you want to try Magic Senses? Well, Magic Senses has a special deal 15% of and order of $15 or more for Mom Fuse and ReviewzaPalooza readers. Just use the code: mom when ordering. This discount is good through December 31, 2009.
Note: the coupon is good for all categories with the exception of the Soap Subscriptions.

Magic Senses is giving away two Butterflies for my readers. That means there are two winners!

Here's what to do:
1. Participants must live in the USA or Canada

2. Go to the Magic Sense website to subscribe to the Magic Senses Newsletter. Here is the link: be sure to use the same e-mail to sign up for the newsletter that you use to enter the contest.

3. Come back here and let me know in the comments which soap is your favorite.

I will select 2 winners at random on Wednesday March 24rd at 12pm pacific time. You must have a valid e-mail address to win. If you do not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours I will select a new winner.

Thanks and GOOD LUCK!

What I Learned This Week

Since I missed last week I am going to let you know what I learned on my Girls Weekend in Atlanta.

I learned:

  • No matter how big an airport is somehow you just end up on the right escalator.
  • New hotels don't always have the best housekeeping and 4 star restaurants can have amazing food and horrible staff.
  • Target in a different state with your girlfriends is much more fun then the Target at home. No matter how many times you hubby says you flew to Georgia to go to Target??
  • It's puh-chan not pee-can.
  • The Waffle House is yummy and a little scary.
  • Tom-Toms don't always point you in the right direction but that's half the fun.
  • I really like Grape Martinis and Berger cookies. Anderson Cooper is IN. If given the choice between the chicken and the hat I would chose the chicken.
  • I can still function on very little sleep.
  • I miss my girls! We had a fabulous weekend in Atlanta and now they are gone and we are back to e-mailing 100 times a day, IM'ing, texting and calling. I saw a picture frame in Target that sums up my feelings. It said "Don't cry because it's over, SMILE because it happened.

For more What I Learned This Week visit Musings of a Housewife.

Sunday, March 15

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes new Decor canisters AND a GIVEAWAY - CLOSED

Thanks to Mom Fuse and Clorox I had the chance to try out the new Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Decor canisters.

From the Clorox website: Combining both fashion and function, the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes new Decor canisters will make the days of hiding cleaning products under the sink a distant memory.Clorox Disinfecting Wipes new Decor canisters:
  • Come in eight unique color palettes to match any home decor
  • Feature a sleek new shape and wider mouth
  • Have a new effortless single sheet dispensing system
  • Has the same disinfecting power of their namesake wipes
  • Are fashionable enough to be left on the countertop
I have been a Clorox wipe person for awhile now and I have to say I am REALLY liking the new canisters. The designs are beautiful and I don't feel bad about leaving them out where everyone can see. My favorite part is the wide mouth opening. It makes it so much easier to get a wipe. No more trying to fit your fingers in and attempt to grab one. The wide mouth is so convenient. The wipes are great. You get that great clorox clean without the harsh bleach smell or the worry about bleaching your clothes.

They are also have a contest in which you can design your own container and win some great prizes. Check out the contest at -
You can even take off the sticker in front so the canister looks even more stylish!

Being the great company that they are Clorox even included some coupons for a FREE New canister of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. So I am sharing with you! I have 9 FREE coupons to giveaway!

Here's what to do:

1. Go to the Clorox and come back here and let me know in the comments which new canister is your favorite.
2. For an additional entry follow me on Twitter @jeskbmom and come back here and leave a comment letting me know you are following me.

I will select 9 winners at random on Tuesday March 24th at 12pm pacific time. (US shipping Only) Since there are two ways to win you can win more then one coupon! You must have a valid e-mail address to win. If you do not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours I will select a new winner.

Thanks and GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, March 5

Girls Weekend

Tomorrow morning I am getting up at 3am. That is if I ever get to sleep tonight. I am so nervous and excited about this weekend. You see the only reason beyond my kiddos that I would get up at 3am would be to catch a flight to go see my girls!

Tomorrow I am heading across the country to spending time with five amazing women. I am looking forward to laughing so hard my cheeks hurts, telling stories until the sun comes up, discussing the plot for the New Moon movie, figuring out what the heck sweet tea, old bay and Berger cookies are, trying a Grape Martini and some Alabama wine.

I am also wondering how a self proclaimed over packer will find a way to fit everything into one carry one suitcase without smashing the Sees candy I am bringing. Priorities. Un-smooshed candy is at the top of the list.

Watch out Hotlanta - here we come!

Wednesday, March 4

You Capture - March 4


This week's challenge from Beth: PERSPECTIVE. Take a picture from a completely different angle than what you normally would. Be creative…makes us, your audience, see a piece of something that we normally overlook when just passing something by.

It's been raining for weeks. OK days but it seems like weeks so I have not had much opportunity to step foot out of the house. I tried lying on the floor taking pics and realized I needed to mop. I tried taking a picture of the inside of my washer which reminded me I need to get some laundry done. I tried to capture the raindrops but I can't figure out this camera.

So here's what I came up with.

Here is the rain soaked grass in my backyard. If you look carefully you can see the raindrops. The upload doesn't seem to show that as well as the original.

And for some reason I like the way this one looks. It is my son's bobblehead collection. They are on a perch near the ceiling so I had to get on a chair and hold the camera over my head to take this.

I think it's time to get a flickr account so you can click on the pictures to see the real thing.

Sunday, March 1

The Intrepid Traveler - Travel Guides

Did you know I am going to Disney World? Yes that's right me and 34 of my closest friends. Wait make that 35 people in my family. Did I mention that I am planning the whole trip... for everyone. Yep that's right. Yes, I did volunteer to do it, and no I had no idea what I was getting myself into and yes I am having fun.

When Mom Fuse asked if I would be interested in reviewing a travel guide from The Intrepid Traveler I took a look and knew that The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation 2009 would be a perfect fit for me! I have been to Disney World twice before but never with the kids and never with a large group.

Yes, I am working with someone from Disney's Magical Gatherings to plan this trip. I find that their help is limited to: here are your options - you pick. I need a little more. I need tips, tricks, ideas on what to do while we are there. The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation 2009 has been a great help!

The first thing I noticed was the book gets right to the point. No long intro, no fluff, straight and to the point and that's what I need!

I often find myself flipping through the book trying to find a specific page. You know what would have been perfect with this book? those little post-it flags that you can mark sections and pages for easy reference. note to self... get flags at Target.

I am enjoying the "Where To Eat" and the breakout of what to do with young children, families and even seniors. There is even a section on "Fun Outside the Theme Park" with tips on fun things you can do at all the hotels.

This book is just what I was looking for to help plan my trip. It is full of tips but it is not overwhelming to read or to remember. I would highly recommend this book to anyone planning an upcoming trip to Disney World. Even if you have been before you will learn something new. You can order The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation 2009 along with a selection of other travel guides on the Intrepid Traveler Website for only $15.95.

Nubar nail lacquer

Thanks to Mom Fuse I recently had the chance to try Nubar nail lacquer.

From their website: Nubar is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-quality Nail Art and Nail Care products. nubar’s non-toxic line contains zero Formaldehyde, Toluene or (DBP) Phthalate. Choose from over 180 colors, 14 nail treatments, 48 colors of nail art and color changing nail lacquers.
Nubar sent me two colors "Hot Blue" and "Hot Pink".
My daughter saw the colors and was ready for a mani/pedi right away. She picked Hot pink for her fingers and Hot blue for her toes.
The first thing I noticed was the applicator was very easy to hold and use. Sometimes the part that you hold onto is too small or too large that it make putting the nail polish on difficult. Not with Nubar. The thing I like most was the scent or rather lack of scent. Yes, it smelled like nail polish when you opened the bottle but there was no lingering scent. The hubby couldn't even tell that we had used nail polish something that he usually points out right away.

The color in the bottle was very true to the color that came out on the nails. I only had to use one coat for my daughter. The best thing about the Nubar nail lacquer was the drying time. I painted her fingers nails first and they were totally dry by the time I finished her toes. VERY NICE for use on kids who love to squirm and aren't willing to sit down for too long, or for the Mom on the go who only has a couple minutes to get some color on those nails.

Overall I was very impressed with the Nubar nail lacquer and can't wait to try some colors of the 180 colors.

You can purchase Nubar nail Lacquer on their website.