Saturday, June 30, 2012

Apple iPod Touch Giveaway: 7/1- 8/1 (WW)

   Kaeli's Kiwis is excited to bring you a cool giveaway hosted by
Diva Fabulosa and Beauty and Fashion Diva! They are giving away an Apple Ipod Touch to one lucky winner!
This giveaway was made possible by the following fabulous sites:
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  • Giveaway will start July 1 at 12:01 am EST – August 1 at 11: 59AM EST
  Wait for the Rafflecopter to load and enter below:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Self-Portrait

My 18 month old happened to snap this photo of himself in his car seat while I let him play with the iPad. I think it is totally cute. I call it Logan: A Self-Portrait. :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Welcome to the Literary Addicts Kindle Fire Event where we have teamed up with 10 Amazing Authors and several awesome bloggers to celebrate the
Grand Opening of Literary Addicts a Community for Book Lovers!

Please check out the Fantastic authors bringing the Kindle Fire Giveaway to you! Don't miss out on these great reads even if you don't have a kindle yet. You can download the kindle app for you phone, desktop, or ipad HERE. All of these books are less than a Starbucks Coffee! Immortal Voyage Before the time of the great pyramids, there was a place like none other, a city of glass and metal rising from the depths of the ocean. Shrouded in mist, the island of Hy-Brasil and its capital Atlantis lay hidden from the rest of the world by its people, a race of long lived, interstellar nomads. Read more and purchase for only $2.99     Give Me - A Tale of Wyrd and Fae All she wanted was a vacation - but Dumnos offered a new life. Lilith Evergreen has always lived in the California desert, but when she receives an antique ring as a gift, she dreams of a castle by the sea, a magnificent tree at cliff's edge, and a mysterious woman who bids Lilith to come to Dumnos, a land of mist and rain. Read more and purchase for only $3.99 Paperback   Slow Boat to Purgatory (Slow Boat to Purgatory #1) Gaspar De Rouse, an immortal Knight Templar, a man murdered by his brothers for the secret he possessed, resurrected and given a second chance at redemption. Dominicus Bureau, a renegade priest, torn between his vows and the secret he pursues, a secret protected by an immortal. Alex Donovan, a modern day warrior thrust into an ages old war, a war between good and evil, heaven and hell.Read more and purchase for only $2.99 Paperback     Mark of the Witch (Boston Witches Book 1) Magic flows through Jillian Proctor's veins as surely as blood, but so far her life outside Boston has been peaceful. William Morgan blows into Jilly's life like a hurricane, unleashing her magic and sending her out of control. Unknowingly, William brings an enemy who only wants to posses the power of the witch. Jilly must learn to harness her magic before she loses it - and everything in her life is destroyed. Purchase for only $2.99 Paperback   The Marriage Bargain Camille Chandler is a tabloid journalist whose career is right on track--until her boss sees a curious ad in the L.A. Trades. Wanted: Single actress for an extended gig abroad. France's mega-rich playboy Julian de Laurent is up to something and Camille's boss expects her to find out what. Who knew the eccentric gazillionaire was looking to hire a temporary wife? Read more and purchase for only $2.99   Descended by Blood (Vampire Born #1) Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Read more and purchase for only $2.99 Paperback     Dirty Blood I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. Read more and purchase for only $2.99 Paperback   Taming the wolf (anna avery series, #1) Attacked by a wolf while hiking in the mountains, Anna Avery's life just got a little hairier. Living in the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming, with a group of werewolves who are more animal than human, Anna must try to hold onto her human side. It's not easy when the alpha continues to persuade her into his bed, while another wolf is chomping at the bit to become her mate. To top it all off, dead bodies are showing up and ..Read more and purchase for only $2.99     Fearless (Kings Series) Tasmyn Vaughn didn't expect much when her dad’s job moved them to a small town in Florida; it was just another new school. But there is more to King than meets the eye, and soon Tasmyn’s ability to hear other’s thoughts is the least of her worries. Entangled in a web of first love, quirky and secretive townsfolk, magic and blood rituals, she discovers the town’s secrets aren’t just bizarre, they’re deadly. Purchase for only $3.99 Paperback   Secrets (Guardian Trilogy) While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the Abyss gazed back at her. She discovers mysterious men follow her around, people close to her are dying, and her dreams are no longer her own as she falls head over heels for a perfect stranger. A chance encounter leads to an obsession that could destroy everything she has ever known or loved. Olivia is about to find out there is a lot she doesn't know and sometimes what you don't know can kill you. Read more and purchase for only $2.99   These fine authors are bringing you this Kindle Fire Event via Promotional Book Tours and Literary Addicts This contest is open Internationally! Please fill out the form below to enter.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

RED WHITE & BLUE HOP: Flap Happy Review & Giveaway!

Kaeli's Kiwis and Whatsername Jewelry are happy to announce the Red, White, and Blue Birthday Giveaway Hop.  Kaeli's Kiwis is excited to present our sponsor Flap Happy who will be providing one lucky winner with a Flap Happy hat of their choice.

Whatsername Jewelry is celebrating its 7 year anniversary and would like to celebrate by bringing you some fabulous prizes from the best bloggers on the net.  After you enter to win my giveaway, please stop by the other blogs to see how they are celebrating this event.

The Grand Prize is sponsored by Whatsername Jewelry and is a $100 Handmade Jewelry Package including a Red, White,and Blue Necklace and your choice of Bracelet and Earring Set  from her collection. 

The Red, White and Blue Giveaway Hop runs from June 25th - June 30th.  Happy Hopping!!

I was  recently given the opportunity to work with flap happy on a review of their great summer kid's outdoor accessories. Flap Happy was started by a wonderful mom of four, Laurie Lipson Snyder 25 years ago. They make protective hats in many styles and clothing for infants and children through size 10. You can find them in many retail locations or shop online at All their products are made in the USA.

I was sent a pair of boys swim trunks with liner and a signature Flap Happy reversible hat. There are so many choices for cute swim wear out there for boys and girls these days. I was particularly excited to see lots of cute choices on the Flap Happy site that would satisfy any shopper. From modern print sea turtles to a childlike underwater sea scape which I ended up choosing. If you know anything about me, you know I had to get the ones with the sea stars! Since I opened my Etsy shop Two Little Sea Stars I have been buying lots of sea star accessories so I couldn't help myself when I saw this pattern for the boy's trunks. I have a few other suits for my son Logan but what I really like about Flap Happy's trunks in the elastic waist band. Logan's other trunks look a lot like men's short with the flap of velcro and ties that are basically useless for keeping trunks around a toddler's middle. These were the first trunks that actually stayed put. I would have liked if the liner had been a little lower to make more room for the swim diaper I use. Then the shorts could have been a little bit higher, protecting Logan's skin a little more.

Speaking of protecting skin, did you know the sun's ultraviolet rays can penetrate clothing? If you dress your kids in light clothing, be sure to do a hand check: if you can see your hand through the weave of the clothing then your kids need sunscreen as well, even under the clothes if they are going to be outdoors during peak daylight hours or from 10am to 4pm. This applies especially if their clothes get wet and you can see through them. Taking care to protect my family's skin from damaging rays is very important to me. That's why I think it's great the Flap Happy hats and swim clothing have UPF 50 + protection. This means that only 1/50th of the sun's UV rays can pass through the clothing. This is one of the highest ratings for protective fabric. To top it all off, they are also chemical free. 

I really like the Flap Happy hat I chose for Logan. It has a wide brim and is reversible. Flap Happy offers a variety of hat styles and some have much larger flaps for even more skin protection. These would be particularly useful with infants under 6 months who can't yet wear sunscreen, or any child with skin that is sensitive to the sun. I thought the hat I chose in the "Fun in the Sun" style still offered plenty of protection for my skinny little guy even without the flaps. I also loved that it had a velcro strap with a very wide strip of velcro for easy adjusting. Logan has no problem letting mommy know he doesn't want to wear his hat, but at least I can deter him from taking it off if it has a strap. This hat also dries very quickly since it made of Nylon and Spandex like other swim wear. Logan's canvas hats are usually wet for days after they accompany him to the pool. I would definitely recommend this line of hats to any frequent pool or beach-going family with young kids, or to anyone who thinks their little ones will spend a lot of time running through the sprinkler in the yard this summer.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

American Family $50,000 Sweepstakes

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VOTE: Mission Small Business

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Whitney Farms Gardening $3 Coupon Offer!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whitney Farms for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Hey readers! Are you gardening this summer? I know I am! There is just nothing like a sweet red tomato picked right from the garden with a little sprinkle of salt. Yum! Here in North Carolina our soil is clay after about 5 inches so in our yard we built raised beds. Last year my husband installed one and this year I was so excited when he built me a second bed so I could grow even more veggies. I learned a few things last year but I am still no gardening expert so I love when I come across companies like Whitney Farms® that offer great products and tips to help add some green to my thumb. Here are some pictures of my garden and my cute little gardening helper who also enjoys eating our wonderful summer veggies.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Garden: One more Wordless Wednesday!

Blogger OPP: 8 Weeks of Handbags Giveaway!

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Wordless Wednesdays: New Items & Fan Photos

 There is always something fun going on with my Etsy shop Two Little Sea Stars! I got a fan appreciation photo recently and took some new item photos with a cute little model. I also made some one of a kind flower bows for my retail location in Oregon. Check it out:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop & NeoCell Giveaway

Welcome to the 2012 Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! Over 100
bloggers have teamed up to bring you some amazing prizes to start your summer!
This event will run from June 18-24, 2012 and hopefully you’ll be able to find (and win!) some
great summer prizes, which will help you at the beach, BBQ, or backyard fun in the sun! Each of
our giveaways features a prize value minimum of $25.00 and there is plenty of time to hop down
the entire list!

*The Grand Prize packages for the Summer Solstice are as follows. . .

#1- $150.00 PayPal CASH (WORLDWIDE)
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#3 - (3 winners!) 1000 Places To See Before You Die (US/CAN) - $20 value/each
*First selected winner will receive their FIRST choice in prize pack. Second selected winner will
receive their first choice (or second if already taken by first winner) and so on...

Kaeli's Kiwis is excited to present NeoCell as our giveaway sponsor! Read the review below then enter on the Rafflecopter form to win the same beauty package I received! The package is valued at $65!

Before working with NeoCell I had never heard of the company. If you are like me you might be interested in learning a little bit more about this company. I went to the NeoCell website to learn more about them and this is what I found:
"The Neocell Corporation is dedicated to providing premium collagen peptide-based dietary supplements for skin, connective tissue and joint health. Neocell was born in 1998, as a small, research grounded family owned business that had the goal of introducing to the world the anti-aging and overall health benefits of a naturally- sourced collagen based supplement line. Millions of customers have experienced these benefits and are living healthier lives because of doing so.
All of Neocell’s health, wellness and anti-aging products are doctor-formulated and offer the highest quality and precise combination of ingredients to maximize health and wellness benefits. Neocell’s products are manufactured in a GMP certified facility in California and guarantee the highest quality and safety manufacturing standards. NeoCell is one of the top-selling brands in health food stores, and a leader in the fields of nutritional science and methods development." 
I was particularly excited to be working with a company that I now know is probably on the shelves of my favorite Whole Foods store. I like that they are using naturally derived sources of collagen and other ingredients in their beauty serums.

 For this review I was sent the following products:
  • Potent
  • Protects &Rejuvenates
  • Vitamin C & E
  • Paraben Free
  • Collagen+C Liposome Serum is made using time-release micro-capsules that penetrate the skin to deliver collagen stimulating ingredients and potent anti-oxidants where the skin needs them most. Fat-soluble Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and phospholipids containing essential fatty acids to enhance the skin's firmness, elasticity, and moisture.
  • Superior Hydration
  • Advanced Skin Cell Turnover & Lubrication
  • Paraben Free
  • Hyaluronic acid is essential in cell lubrication and hydration in the body and has been shown to help regulate cell turnover in the skin. Advanced HA Serum is paraben free and uses liposome technology to penetrate the skin and infuse it with NeoCell Advanced HA Serum in a time release formula.
The above products are to be applied one to two times daily on clean skin before moisturizers or      sunscreen.
  • Skin Balancing Herbs, Collagen &Vitamins, Paraben Free: The Callogen Herbal Mist is a refreshing cool mist that leaves a layer of moisturizing collagen, essential vitamins, balancing herbs, free radical scavengers, and soothing aloe vera on skin and hair to keep them hydrated and revitalized. It is oil free, lanolin free, and has no artificial fragrance. 
    Just mist this product on anytime and go, even over makeup!

    My thoughts on the products:

    I used the two serums religiously twice a day for approximately two weeks before posting this review. In full disclosure, the only other products I used during this time were store brand cleanser and facial moisturizer as well as a heavy nighttime moisturizer that I use and I do give myself at home microderm abrasion once a week.

     I do tend to try anti-aging products and other products that are said to improve the quality of my skin now and again so I was able to compare the results with these products to results I've seen with other products in the past. My general feeling is that if you don't have to spend loads of money to get the good results you are looking for so NeoCell products fit my budget quite nicely. I don't believe their are any miracle creams out there that will get rid of all your wrinkles and plump your skin so you look 18 again, but I do notice a difference in my skin when I use a product regularly such as NeoCell. 

    WHAT I LIKED:   

    One thing I like about the Collagen  serum is that it contains vitamin C. During the summer when I am out in the sun more I am prone to freckles and spotting so I think the natural acidity in the C serum has helped to control the evenness of my skin. I have spent some time by the pool the past two weeks but I haven't noticed a darkening on my freckles yet. I think both serums have helped with the dryness I usually experience this time of year as well.I also think the hereditary bags under my eyes have plumped up or improved slightly. I also liked the packaging and pump system. I hate serums that come in jars because you introduce germs into the serum if you aren't careful.

    I LOVED:

    I love the refreshing spray. I threw it in my purse when I first got it and would remember to pull it out when my skin felt "tired" in the afternoons, or when I had been out in the heat sweating and I felt the need for a blast of cool refreshment for my skin. I have to say it sure beats pulling out one of my son's baby wipes to dab at my skin. Using the spray meant I didn't have to mess up my makeup. It was such a fine mist that it didn't drip either and dried quickly. I will most definitively purchase this product in the future.


     I wasn't a big fan of the feel of the serums on my face and hands. They felt a little tacky until they dried. Once I completed my skin care routine by adding moisturizer any bothersome sensations went away. It wasn't a huge deal, just something I noticed. I also was a little more broken out with small white heads during these two weeks than normal. It could have been the products or it could have been that I began using some new hair products that could have gotten onto my skin as well. I did make a few more trips to Sonic for happy hour so I am sure the added sugar increased my acne some as well. 

    In summary, I think it is wise to take care of your skin and try to preserve your youth by fighting against the elements that damage our skin cells. Using specialized products is better than not using anything or just using moisturizer, and I would recommend these to a friend who was looking for some natural, paraben-free products that are budget friendly!


    NeoCell products are available online through Amazon and are currently discounted up to 42%, Shop Now And Save!


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