Sunday, February 23, 2020

Delicious Bubbly for Easter

I received these products from Mionetto for review.  This Easter, after a busy night delivering Easter Baskets to all of the good little boys and girls, Mr. Easter Bunny can settle down to a nice romantic drink (or two, or three, or more!) with Mrs. Easter Bunny.  These sparkling bottles of Bubbly from Mionetto are the perfect choice!  And if you're really, really good, maybe the Easter Bunny will leave a bottle for you to share with your Easter sweetheart as well!

Mionetto Prestige Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut ($14 / 750ml and $4 / Mini 187ml):  This sparkling wine has an emphatic, yet stylish mousse and a luminous straw yellow hue that it gets from the grapes that are grown in the province of Treviso.  Treviso is an area that has always produced high quality Prosecco.  It has a bouquet that is redolent of Golden Delicious apples and a palate that is appealingly marked by aromatic notes of honey and white peaches.  This is from Mionetto's most classic Prestige line.  This is a line that reflects its connections with the history of the winery in the elegant presentation of the bottle, which features an oblique label design that has always been a characteristic of the winery.  The refined design of the label reflects the style of the products.  There's Prestige quality in every detail! 

Mionetto Prestige Rosé Extra Dry ($14 / 750ml and $4 / Mini 187ml):  This Rosé is the result of soft pressing of red grapes.  It has a peach blossom color with shiny reflections accompanied by a fine, lively perlage.  It has an intensely fragrant, fruity nose with hints of violet, raspberry, morello cherry and wild strawberry.  This is also from the most classic Prestige line. 

Mionetto Luxury Cartizze DOCG ($45):  This elegant Cartizze boasts luminous golden highlights that are fluted by a near endless, delicate bead of tiny bubbles.  It has a majestic, multi faceted bouquet that releases seductive impressions of apples and pears, alongside notes of citrus and glazed almond.  It is crisp, well balanced and elegant on the palate.  Its charming personality and the distinguishing feature of obliquity combines with the excellence of quality that is the result of Mionetto's wine producing experience to give it a sinuous appeal.  It is an exclusive "unicum" with unmistakable Italian style.  The choice of materials and the elegant, sinuous form of the bottle makes it feel innovative and refined.  The highly sought after personality of the most prestigious perlage of this historic vineyard is exalted by the Luxury Collection.

So this year after the Easter excitement calms down a little, enjoy a nice glass of any or all of these wines.  Just please REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY!       

Saturday, February 22, 2020

If you have trouble hearing the doorbell, the HomeAware Blink Doorbell System is the perfect solution!

I received this product from Sonic Alert for review.  You can purchase the HomeAware Blink Doorbell HERE for $133.99.

If you are one of those people who have a hard time hearing the doorbell, you're going to love the HomeAware Blink Doorbell.  Maybe you have a large house and you can't hear the doorbell when you are in certain rooms.  Or maybe your hearing just isn't as good as it used to be.  You won't need to hear the doorbell when you use this system because it will alert you with a bright blinking light instead.  

This HA360BDB receiver to the HomeAware Doorbell (HA360DB) will let you know when some one is at the door by blinking for 8 seconds in a vivid green light.  It is small enough to be portable, yet big enough that it will catch your attention when it lights up.  because it is portable, you can carry it around with you as you move about your house.  Or you can choose to purchase additional HA360BDB receivers (priced at $85.99 each) to place in various rooms of the house.

The receiver is rechargeable and the charger is included.  When you plug the receiver in to the charger, the battery will be fully charged within 2 hours.  Each charge will last for 48 hours.  Easy one button programming connects it to the transmitter.  This will also work with both the HomeAware and Sonic System Legacy Line.  It will use different colors to alert you of different things:  Yellow for the phone, red for smoke and carbon monoxide, green for the doorbell, blue for the baby crying and a universal alarm of your choosing.  Check out this video to see how it works:

If you have trouble hearing the doorbell, or have a friend or family member who does, this is a wonderful solution.  With Easter coming up, this would make a great gift for someone you care about!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

These games would be a great alternative to candy this Easter!

I received these products from Amigo Games for review.  Children look forward to waking up on Easter morning to find that the Easter Bunny has left them a basket full of candy while they slept.  But in our house, the Easter Bunny also leaves additional surprises that are not candy.  These games are exactly the types of surprises he likes to leave for us.  They will provide your family with hours of fun, night after night.  They are available at most major retailers and on Amazon.  You can use the STORE FINDER on the Amigo Games website to find a store near you that carries them. 

L.L.A.M.A. Card Game has a suggested retail price of $9.99.  It's recommended for ages 8 and over.  You need 2-6 players to play and the average game time is 20 minutes.  L.L.A.M.A. was made in Germany by the well known inventor Reiner Knizia.  It has a unique scoring system that adds strategy and risk.  It was nominated for the 2019 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year).

Try to get rid of all your cards so you don't take any markers.  If you can't you'll have a real dillama - should you pick another card or should you quit?  Maybe you can play that card later, but if not, you've just hurt your score.  The player with the fewest markers wins in this game with the name that says it all:  Don't Let Llamas And Markers Accumulate!

L.L.A.M.A. is made up of 56 Linen Finish Cards, 70 Chips and Illustrated Instructions.  The whole family will enjoy playing this game, so it's a perfect for choice for family game night!

CLACK! Categories has a suggested retail price of $24.99.  It's recommended for ages 7 and over.  It's a 2-8 player game and has an average game time of 10 minutes.  Only one little twist separates CLACK! Categories from the top selling CLACK! Game, but its built in extra challenge is just enough to make it ideal for older kids.  Spread out the magnetic discs, roll the dice and scramble to find something from the category and color shown.  Red dogs, yellow donuts, green trucks - they all fit into categories such as animals, food and vehicles.  Make a match, grab a disc and use its magnetic clack to build a stack.  Keeping score is easy - just line up the stacks to see whose tower is tallest.

CLACK! Categories consists of 48 Magnetic Discs, 1 Color Die, 1 Category Die and Illustrated Instuctions.

Déjà Vu has a suggested retail price of $14.99.  It's recommended for ages 8 and over.  This 2-6 player game has an average game time of 15 minutes.  Visual memory makes this a great family game.  It has thick, high quality game pieces and oversized cards, so it's easy for little hands (and older hands) to pick them up and handle them.  Without rule changes, Déjà Vu gets more challenging the more it is played.

Déjà Vu...that feeling that you have seen or done something before.  You're gonna get that feeling a lot when you play this game!  You could swear you've seen that before...or have you?  Flip over a card and look at the images, then flip over another.  When you think you're seeing something for the second time, grab the matching object from the table.  Your memory can play tricks on you in the first round because many objects look similar, but it's even trickier as play continues and you're seeing objects again and again...or are you?  

Déjà Vu is made up of 36 Objects, 36 Cards and Instructions.  This is a really fun game that is perfect for your family game night.

Heimlich & Co. has a suggested retail price of $19.99 and is recommended for ages 8 and over.  This 2-7 player game has an average game time of 30 minutes.  This game has very simple rules, but it's packed with strategy.  It is the winner of Europe's top game award "Spiel des Jahres" (Game of the Year).

Heimlich & Co. is the ultimate top secret spy game!  Intrigue abounds in this Cold War classic, as secret agents try to conceal their identities while earning points for collecting classified information from a secret safe.  The game play is simple:  Players roll the die and move any spy they choose.  When a spy lands on the building with the safe, every agent earns points and the safe moves to another building.  It's fast moving, fun and full of deception.

Inside the box you will find 7 Secret Agent Playing Pieces, 7 Scoring Tokens, 7 Secret Agent Passport Cards, 1 Safe Playing Piece, 8 Playing Pieces Stands, 1 Die, 1 Game Board, Instructions and a Bonus Expansion Pack of 26 Top Secret Cards.

Friday, February 14, 2020

This Valentine's Day, spark your kids' creativity with these gifts!

I received these products from Mindware for review.

Playful Chef Chocolate Studio ($34.95):  A melting pot that is safe for kids to use.  It's cool to the touch, so there's no risk of your children burning themselves as they turn chocolate chips or chunks into velvety swirls of smooth, melted chocolate.  It features child safe temperature settings and a silicone lip.  Your children will make sweet, successful memories as they dip strawberries, pretzel sticks, and whatever else they can think of into the melted chocolate, creating delicious chocolate covered treats.  Recommended for ages 7 and up, the Playful Chef Chocolate Studio offers an introduction to the simple craft of confectionery.  It provides a sweet way to encourage an interest in science for kids.  Inside the box you will find the melting pot, 3 molds, a ladle, a spatula, dipping sticks and parchment sheets. 

Paint Your Own Expressions - Love ($25.95):  Make a statement that shows how much you care with high quality porcelain letters that you paint with your own creative touch!  A beautiful sentiment at any time of the year, this "LOVE" set is also a perfect gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day.  The accent porcelain heart provides a large space to paint and extra special picture, name or phrase.  Each porcelain piece measures 5" tall and the complete kit includes 12 paints and 2 brushes - one wide brush for quick coverage and one thin brush for creating details.  The instructions are filled with design tips and painting tricks for guaranteed beautiful results.  A final step of baking the porcelain will give it a more lasting finish.  (Note:  even after baking, the design is not permanent.  Dust with a dry cloth to clean.  This is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Paint Your Own Stepping Stone - Heart ($25.95):  This all weather stepping stone is ready to paint right out of the box, letting you skip the messy cement mixing and get right to the fun part:  decorating and personalizing!  It comes with a dozen vibrant paints to allow for endless creativity (mix, blend and add custom color accents).  Once you have your stepping stone painted, bake it in your oven for a long lasting, weather resistant finish.  You can display a single stepping stone or make a whole pathway to transform your garden, back yard or patio!  The kit includes a 10" x 9" cement stepping stone, 12 paints, a paint brush and instructions including a color planning template.  Recommended for ages 8 and over.  

Any and all of these products would make an excellent gift for you little Valentine.  It will spark their creativity as they create beautiful pieces of art and delicious and tasty treats.

The Vodka that promotes freedom of expression, acceptance and being yourself...

I received this product from Tom of Finland Organic Vodka for review.

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka, 40% abv is a super premium vodka that is artistically crafted in Finland from the finest organically grown wheat, rye and pure arctic water.  It's bold, yet smooth.  It's full of character, where the spiciness of the rye is balanced by the softness of wheat and arctic water.  It's 100% organic, with no added sugar - or anything else... just pure spirits and water.  It's produced in small batches with love and care by Master Distiller Mika Mönkkönen at Lignell & Piispanen, which is the second oldest family run company in Finland.  The vodka is distilled five times and filtered through traditional sheet filters.  When vodka is this good, charcoal filtering just isn't necessary.

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka has clean aromas with subtle hints of rye spice.  Unlike most vodkas, there is no burn whatsoever with this one.  When you take your first sip, it coats your mouth with a silky smooth oiliness.  The taste of vanilla cream soda leads to a crescendo of spice that hints at cracked black pepper with wonderful overtones of star anise.  It finishes with a high note of spice that is perfectly accompanied by a soft and mellow finish.    

A percentage of profit from each bottle is donated to Tom of Finland Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Tom of Finland and Durk Dehner that is dedicated to promoting tolerant attitudes towards sexuality and the preservation of erotic art.

Tom of Finland was an original pioneer artist, who 50 years ago drew a world based in his ideals.  His art transcends the physical realm as it speaks to universal emotions by showcasing a whimsical, unbridled spirit that exists in us all.  Through his art, he has influenced the aesthetic of icons such as Freddie Mercury, and trends including the modern civil rights movements.  Today his work can be seen in galleries and museums around the world, in pop culture and in film.  Books on Tom and his art are common place in book stores and museum gift shops.    

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka, like Tom's art, promotes freedom of expression and acceptance.  It encourages everyone to just be themselves.  When you bring out a bottle to serve someone, you're telling them that you love them and accept them exactly the way they are.