Last week I received a package of Weight Watcher’s newest snack cake……..

Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling

I have been watching what I eat for four weeks so getting a box of sweets was like heaven for me. Tearing open the box and sliding out the pretty blue and white box from Weight Watchers I smiled thinking about the fact that I was about to eat something for the sake of a review.

Getting a plate from the cabinet I pulled an individually wrapped Twinkie looking cake from the box. I was beyond excited. You would think that someone had just given me a Junior’s Cheesecake and a fork.

I sat down across from my husband who was very amused as I took my first bite of sweets in 4 weeks. This was my very first Weight Watchers snack cake and I have to say, I don’t know why I waited 4 weeks to have a sweet. It was moist and the filling was good but not sugary. I loved it.

Sitting back I looked at my husband and asked if he would like to try one. He said, “no thanks.”

I told him, “good because I was really only asking to be polite, and I didn’t want to share these”.

Why you will love these:

  • They are good!
  • It is a convenient, sensible snack food!
  • It is individually wrapped and easy to take with you.
  • Each snack cake is only 1 Weight Watchers point.
  • Cheat without the guilt (but remember the serving size-it would be easy to grab two)

Why your kids will love them:

  • They look like Twinkies!!
  • They taste good!
  • They are considered “your snack”

On my shopping list this week: Weight Watcher’s Carmel Cake, Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake and Golden Sponge Cake.

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Product Review – Leave Me Be

September 20, 2008

You have got to check out some of the shirts at Leave Me Be. Not only are the cute, witty and different, but, they were at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards showing off their fabulous tees!

Check out their website to see the celebrities who are in love with Leave Me B.

Need a gift for someone who has everything?

Need a gift for a girlfriend, sister, mother, friend, new dad?

There is something for everyone here.

Check these gems out.

Uncomfortable telling everyone to keep their hands off your tummy? Let your shirt do the dirty work.

I love this shirt, there is never enough out there for mom’s of boys

Hahahah…I remember when I was pregnant, I couldn’t see my shoes at all.

Beside the typical Father to Be shirt and Adopt me Angelina they have these and 9 others

They have 27 baby/child shirts sized newborn-6T
They even have adorable Mom and child t-shirt sets
If you think this stuff is cute, you should check out their barware, bumper stickers and their Mommy Megaphone. I know I need one of these.

After checking out the Leave Me Be site, head over to Amy’s online Diary to say hello.

Ok, let’s talk photography. You love taking pictures right?

That digital camera is awesome and you get instant satisfaction on seeing the thousands of photos right away. I know, I know me too.

This book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials by Mark Jenkinson is a necessary read for anyone who loves taking pictures.

What I loved the most is how basic (well, I guess the fact that it’s an idiots guide should have been my first clue) and fundamental this book is.

I must admit, I hate reading well, non-novel (heck, is that even a word) books . I hate reading about how something works or how to learn something, self help books kill me. I just want to jump in and use, do, learn. I don’t want to read about it.

I read this book from cover to cover. Why? Because not only do you get basic knowledge like understanding the basic science behind how a camera works but you get tips on everything from editing your images, to shooting in any kind of light and everything in between.

Things like:

  • Use of light and shadow
  • The difference between shooting in film and shooting digital
  • Angle
  • The difference between JPEG’s and RAW files
  • Vantage points
  • Composition (the rule of 3rds – I am totally using this rule when I shoot these days)
  • Adjusting depth of field
  • Shooting moving objects
  • and more

My favorite part of the book, were all the pictures 150 total. Using pictures with a description is a great learning tool.

Reading this book is like taking a photography class. This is a must have for anyone who wants to take amazing pictures.

It also made me want to return to my beloved expensive 35mm sitting in a protective bag in the closet. As Mark states, can you really

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Sam Feels Better Now by Jill Osborne and illustrated by Kevin Collier, is a wonderful book about a little boy who is going to a “special” therapist for the first time.

Sam and his mom head into a therapist office because Sam “was scared by something” his mother tells the therapist.

The therapist then helps Sam by having him draw pictures, (someone who is scared, something that is scary, people that Sam loves and who love him, etc.) The drawing pages are interactive. This is where the child reading the book will fill in what is pertinent to their situation.

The book is a wonderful tool to help children and their therapist or parent, deal with the child’s feelings. We don’t know what scared Sam because it will be different for each child.

Sam Feels Better Now is a safe, non threatening way for children to talk about their feelings and how to deal with them. A great way to empower your child to take control of their feelings and deal with them in a healthy way.

I believe this is a great book for ages 4-14 even though the book is geared toward 4-7. The characters are sweet, colorful, non-threatening with big caring eyes.

The purpose of the book is to help children who have experienced traumatic events to be able to learn how to cope, and reduce the effects of traumatic stress.

Great book for a child about to enter therapy or for a parent trying to find out more about their child. Also, a great resource for therapists.


I have got to tell you about the coolest kid video ever.

This week, I received the most wonderful package of videos my kids and I have ever seen.

Ever hear of Kideo? Kideo takes your child’s picture and inserts it into a video making them the STAR. What kid doesn’t get excited about seeing themselves on TV?????

They have 9 different titles to choose from including some of the most popular kid favorites.

  • Does your son love Spider-man? Does he constantly dress up in his too small Halloween costume because he thinks he IS Spider-man? Well, now he can star AS Spider-man in his own video.
  • If Dora is the one for your kid, how about letting them star in their own 24 minute Dora video? Complete with all of their favorite Dora characters.
  • How about Arthur? My personal favorite, because your child is seen very often. Super Cute!!!

They also have:

  • Barney
  • Baby Genius
  • Care Bears
  • Gregory and Me

The DVDs run 18-25 minutes and your child will be as entertained as mine. I promise.

Hey, your kids are watching these kid shows anyway. How about creating a heirloom that can be enjoyed for years to come? Long after your kids grow out of these videos they will still be interested in watching them because they are the star! I doubt you will be selling these at your garage sale anytime soon.

My kids were beyond happy with these DVD’s. They spent the afternoon watching them. They danced, they sang along, they were beyond excited to see themselves on the videos playing with their favorite characters.

My daughter couldn’t believe that she was in a video with Dora. She loved all the characters and watched it 12 times the first day she got it and when she woke up this morning it was the first thing she asked for.

I loved watching her face as she said, “they said my name mommy. They said my name!”

She sang along with them when they sang “backpack” and the birthday song.

My son loved the Spider-man video. He is Spider-man in the movie, and had to put on his costume and move along with his character on the screen. We have watched this video about 15 times in the past 2 days.

Now, let me tell you how easy it is to get your very own video:

  • Head over to Kideo, let them know which one you want
  • Send a picture of your child either through email or snail mail and the pros at Kideo will make your child a star.

Great gift ideas for any holiday, birthday, graduation, etc.

I want to be THAT Aunt. I hope none of my nieces or nephews are reading this because I really want to surprise them.

The folks at Kideo were kind enough to give my readers a $5.00 discount.

Now is the time to start thinking about the most amazing, fun, personalized, gift for your kids, nieces, nephews, kids you babysit for, or your husband (if he is a Spider-man fan, this is a great gift). Shhhh….I might just have to get one for my husband for his stocking this year.

Head over to Kideo‘s website now to place an order. Oh, and be sure to use the unique discount code created for my readers which is REES.


Last week I purchased Yoplait Kids yogurt.

I was eager to see what my kids thought of it considering the one I buy for them is very expensive and coupons are never offered for it. BTW…head over to their site for a $1.50 coupon.

We got home and I asked as I was putting the groceries away if they wanted yogurt. They both said yes, I shook them up, opened them up, plopped straws in them. Two minutes later they said they were all done. They threw them away and asked for more.

Shocking! The like one brand and one kind of that brand. Now, here they are asking for more?

I gave them each another which they both drank all of.

For dinner I asked my daughter if she wanted pizza or chicken and she said, yogurt.

I went to take out their yogurt when she asked again for the new one.

Could it be the Diego picture on the container. I don’t know. Could it be that it is new? Don’t know that either. What I do know is that she loves it. It fits in my bento box and she would rather have it more than anything else.

Lunch in this house for the past 3 days has been a Yoplait Kids Yogurt and an apple. Sounds like a diet for adults but I think this is a terrific healthy lunch for kids.

Here is the nutritional value for the one my kids love.

%DV = % of Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet

mg %DV
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 1 g 5%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Sugar 10 g
Protein 2 g 4%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20%
Iron 0%
Vitamin D 10%
Phosphorous 10%


I am in love with Unique Skins!

What is this you ask?

Well, this is a company that assists you in giving your products personality. Unique Skins is a vinyl covering that you choose or design. It is made of 3M material and leaves no sticky residue when removed.

You can apply a Unique Skin to your I-pods, Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Laptops, Game Consoles, etc.

You simply chose your device, the make and model, then design, design till your hearts content. There are thousands of themes, backgrounds, and designs to chose from.

You can use their backgrounds, or your own photos, and add text. I chose to use the headings of 2 of my blogs and one of their backgrounds.

These make great gifts too. I am already thinking about 4 people I can check off Christmas gifts for by getting them skins for their I-pods, cell phone or laptop. For my husband, I think I might get him 1 with his company logo on it and another of the kids for his second laptop.

The quality is great (My photo’s looked great).
They are easy to use (Goes on easy and comes off easy too)
Price is fantastic ($25.00 for my laptop cover)
Shipping – Safe (nice big unbendable envelope), cheap ($2.95 for my laptop cover).
Delivery – It took 2 days from the time I ordered until the day it was delivered to my door. (Now that is fast!)

Purchase for you or someone you love a Unique Skin!

Warning: Extremely Addictive. Don’t come yelling at me because you can’t stop getting a new skin for your phone, laptop or whatever. You have been warned.