Saturday, June 19, 2010

Teach Me Time! Kids Alarm Clock & Nightlight

I like sleep. A lot.

Every parent knows kids and sleep don't go together. But my kids have always been great sleepers until one day the oldest wasn't. Jonah came up with every excuse in the book to start padding down the hall and into our room very, very early. And I mean before the rooster crowed early. Long story short, I needed an answer and boy did I find one.

Wanna hear it? Here it goes...

The "Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight" by Onaroo.

Isn't it beautiful?

It's a digital clock, it's a clock with hands, it's a night light, it's an alarm clock if you're into that sort of thing.

(nightlight mode)

But the most beautiful feature of this clock is that it let's you set it to a specific time for it to do this...

It turns GREEN. And green means "you may now wake up, my child" or, like in our house, it just means GO.

So say you don't want your sweet angel to get out of the bed or come out of his room before a certain time. You set the clock to that time and the blessed thing will turn green at your will. Silently of course, on the off chance your offspring decides to sleep in and give you an extra minute or two. (Hasn't happened for us yet, but a moms gotta dream, right?)

In the box you get three different colored faces, pink, blue and yellow. The instructions were a little daunting to me, as was the back of the clock.

Yep, reading the instructions for this is a must. After the first time you set it, it wasn't a problem. It looks more complicated than it is.

A couple of tips:

-put batteries in the battery back up. My son was so in love with this clock he brought it to us the first few mornings. The a/c adapter comes right out, and after re-setting the clock for the third day in a row I had learned my lesson.

-take it on vacation with you! Vacations were extra early wake ups before we bought this precious device.

-the toe buttons are kinda dumb. One is a 10 minute "snooze" button. (hahahahaha, yeah right.) The other is a voice clock announcing the time in a rather loud and kinda scary voice. My son won't touch that button anymore. Freaks him out.

You can buy this online at or many other websites, (I have yet to see it in a store) for $39.99. You may think that sounds pricey for a clock and I agree, but compared to all the other useless kid/baby stuff that's out there (and I've bought) this was WELL worth it. Save up if you must, sign up for a clinical trial of some sort, donate plasma, but if you need sleep this is your answer.

The Skinny:
I really, really, really, love this clock. It does have many more features than I need, and a few kinda annoying features, but they aren't critical things. I do think it's a little overpriced, but there's not much like this out there, so they got you there. Still, one of the best uses of $40 I've spent in the kid/baby department in a while. Except for diapers, those are nice too.

The judgement: IMPRESSED!

Renee Rouleau Purifying Face Wash

A face wash for the masses!

This stuff is good folks.

Feels great, rinses clean, a little goes a LONG way, and with the Renee Rouleau name behind it, I feel taken care of. The magic comes in an 8 oz. bottle and costs $35.50. Which isn't cheap until I let you know that my first bottle of this wonderment lasted around 6 months!!!! I hate math, so go grab your favorite bottle of Neutrogena (which takes four pumps just to get a single sud) and your calculator and see which works out best.

Here is a picture of my very own bottle of the good stuff. Notice how full it is and I have had it almost a month! (close your mouth now) :-)

Renee hangs her hat on their customer service and info chocked website. It's a cornucopia for all things skincare and has tips and advice that could keep you busy for days. I have had great encounters with their customer service, and let's face it, that's hard to come by these days. Don't believe me just head to the DMV. I could go on and on about this stuff, but you should just trust me and take a look.

The Skinny: I am a HUGE fan of Renee Rouleau and all her stuff, but the Purifying Face Wash is a great place to start falling in love with her products.

The Judgement: IMPRESSED!

Checkout skin care heaven:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

MOVIE: The Backup Plan

I've learned you are supposed to say something nice before you start with criticism so here we go... Jennifer Lopez looked really pretty all through the movie. Full Stop.

I went to see this movie with a gaggle of girls. The point of the night was to get out and be with non-messy, non-whiny, non-needy regular sized people, so in that respect we still had fun. But to be honest, the best part of the movie, was making fun of it.

That's never a good sign.

The Skinny:

1. JLo and the relatively unknown guy who was opposite her were badly mismatched.

2. The plot, storyline, characters were all so unbelievable, unrealistic, and just plain tired.

3. When Jennifer Lopez's character goes into labor with TWINS, she's about as big as I was when I was 5 months pregnant. Seriously, way to piss off your mom fans.

(not buying it, are you?)

4. The scattered "gross out" scenes are the only slightly funny parts, but after you chuckle just once, you ask yourself, "ok, why would anyone do that?"

5. Yup, it's predictable folks. Wrapped up in a neat nice package for you in the end.

Complete waste of time, good thing I wasn't paying a sitter.

The Judgement: Utter and Complete MESS!

Better luck next movie! You know, a year from now when I get to go again!