2012-09-19T17:53:09Z http://thedirtytshirt.com/feed/atom/ WordPress http://thedirtytshirt.com/wp-content/mbp-favicon/favicon2.ico http://thedirtytshirt.com/wp-content/mbp-favicon/favicon2.ico admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge | Review]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25962 2012-09-19T17:53:09Z 2012-09-19T17:40:08Z

Company: Soundfreaq / Mom Central
Item Reviewed: Sound Step Recharge

Music is a HUGE part of my life so when it comes to how to hear that music I am very picky. I blame my husband really, he has always had elaborate sound system so I am always looking for a good system to play my tunes on. Enter Soundfreaq’s recently introduced Sound Step Recharge. What do I like about it? I will tell you:

  • Stream Bluetooth wireless with any A2DP compatible device (iPhone, iPad, Android & more)
  • Dock &  Charge iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices
  • Soundfreaq Remote Control app for iOS and Android devices with FM radio
  • Enjoy up to 8 hours of AC-free listening with a built-in rechargeable battery

So now when my husband and I have our steak and wine nights and we go out on the back patio to grill and catch up we can listen to the music on my iPad or even the radio without tripping over wires from our plugged in old fashioned boom box. Nope, now we have a sleek looking bluetooth speaker that gives us the perfect listening experience! The sound is much crisper, cleaner even than our previous outdoor method, you can really tell the difference! Also the fact that it is wireless and bluetooth enabled are my two favorite features of the Sound Step Recharge. The next would have to be the plain fact that it recharges my tech pieces if they need to be charged. One new feature to me is having an app that you can download for your phone that turns it into a remote control, how cool is that? I have already played a few tricks on my hubby by turning it down from inside while he is trying to figure out what happened outside ;)

I highly recommend everyone checking out the Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge. Head over now and get a 10% discount on the Sound Step Recharge and all other products in the store by using the discount code “momblog“.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Soundfreaq and received a product sample to facilitate my review.

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[What Are You Doing for Lunch? | Book Review]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25956 2012-09-17T17:28:28Z 2012-09-17T17:28:28Z

Author: Mona Meighan, Ed.D.
Item Reviewed: What Are You Doing for Lunch?

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch. This book offers you something even better: a fun, easy way to save money and improve your health by simply packing your own lunch.

Highlights of the book:

  • Over 70 delicious recipes to prepare in 20 minutes or less.
  • Cost-savings projections of how much you’ll save in a month and in a year.
  • Nutrition facts to help you keep an eye on calories, fat, sugar, and sodium.
  • A sample menu of lunches to get you started.

This book is for you if:

  • You are spending too much money on lunches and want to begin saving. Included are comparative cost analysis of each recipe so you can see how much you are saving with each recipe.
  • Thinking about your weight and health and knowing you are eating too many empty calories at lunch keeps running through your head. The recipes use primarily fresh ingredients and desserts have been deliberately omitted.
  • There are family members and friends you know that need help with lunch planning and meals. This book is a great gift idea for the person who wants to change their lunch patterns, but doesn’t know where to begin.

My Thoughts

This year I have two kids in two different grades at school and I have had to come up with lunches to pack for them. In the first week they were both bored with what I was making them. In comes What Are You Doing For Lunch? and in a short amount of time I have my kids raving about the lunches I am packing. Chicken Ceasar Wraps, Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps and Chicken Tortilla Soup…oh my! My kids now have their friends jealous that they have a good lunch and don’t have to eat the same old thing. And it is so easy, some of the recipes I hit my head and said, “Duh, my kids would love that!”. Great recipe ideas in this book and I highly recommend you get it for your household. Your children will thank you!

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[AC/DC The Wine Launches in the US]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25941 2012-09-17T16:21:07Z 2012-09-17T16:20:02Z

The band AC/DC have teamed up with Australian winery Warburn Estate to release a range of AC/DC wines. Already a huge hit in Australia, the legendary rock band is poised to once again conquer the US market with a selection of four rock’ n’ roll wines, named after four of their unforgettable songs:

  • Back in Black Shiraz
  • Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Thunderstruck Chardonnay
  • Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc

AC/DC The Wine is currently on sale at www.vinport.com/acdcwines and soon the wines will also be available through select national, regional and local outlets including featured Total Wine and More locations. Suggested retail price is $17.99.

I was recently able to serve two of their new wines, Back in Black Shiraz and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc, at a steak dinner for friends and they were a hit! But that is not surprising from one of my favorite rock and roll bands of all time! While both of these wines were great each one of us had a favorite of the night that was pretty much based on what we were in the mood for. For me it was the Sauvignon Blanc…

I wanted to give a lighter wine a try with our meal and the Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc was a great match. Crisp and fruity the tastes blended well with our starter salads and was a hit among three of the six people at the meal based solely on what we felt in the mood for, the other three also tasted Hells Bells and all three said that they liked the light tastes that were bold at the same time, with a kiss of fruit.

For the red wine lovers of the group (of which I am definitely one) the Back in Black Shiraz was a great match with their steaks. The spicy, berry flavors blended well together and really stood out as a bold wine. Those of us that drank the Sauvignon Blanc tried out the Shiraz and we all liked it and for me will definitely be a wine that I would like to keep handy to share and even enjoy solo.

The new line of AC/DC wines are very good indeed and great for gatherings with your friends. I am definitely going to try the two other wines, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and Thunderstruck Chardonnay as soon as I can, those two may become my favorites brand of my favorite wines, especially if they taste anything like the two we tried this past weekend! Before my dinner guests left I asked if they would recommend AC/DC Wines to their friends and family and every one of them said “Hell yeah!” I think they liked the wines ;) I know I did!!!

I was provided the two wines I served to gain knowledge of the brand for this post.

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! | Blu-ray Review]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25933 2012-09-17T14:45:35Z 2012-09-17T14:45:35Z

Company: Walt Disney Studios
Item Reviewed: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!

Everyone’s favorite talking Chihuahuas Papi (voice of George Lopez) and Chloe (voice of Odette Annable) are back, joined by their five playful pups in an all-new family comedy. It’s canine chaos as Papi’s family (dog and human) move into the posh Langham Hotel, complete with a luxurious doggy spa. But there’s trouble in puppy paradise when Rosa, the littlest member of the pack, feels smaller and less special than ever. Now it’s up to Papi to help Rosa find – and celebrate – her inner strength, which turns out to be bigger than she ever dreamed and reminds humans and canines alike of the importance of family, friends and teamwork.

My Thoughts

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My five year old daughter loves the Beverly Hills Chihuahuas series, and when I say loves I mean LOVES!!!! She watches them all the time, and the newest addition, Viva La Fiesta! is “so much fun”. She loves watching the talking dogs go on their adventures and has continuously asked me if she can get a talking dog like Papi. I will say that the whole chihuahua family has grown on me and I will sit and watch the movies with my daughter and we enjoy them together. Good, clean fun for the whole family. One last thing, after watching all the Beverly Hills Chihuahua movies I have to say that I love the message or the moral of the story messages they put in these movies. Makes me happy that while enjoying a movie that my youngest daughter (and maybe even my other two kids) learn a life lesson in the process.

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[Alphabetimals | iPad App Review]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25927 2012-09-17T13:48:24Z 2012-09-17T13:48:24Z

Company: Alphabetimals
Item Reviewed: Alphabetimals iPad App

Albert needs your help to learn his A-B-C’s in this unique interactive picture book. On his journey he meets each of the 26 Alphabetimals characters, which are cartoon animals in the shape of letters. Here are some highlights of what’s inside:

Enjoy 31 pages of rhyming story text, background sounds, animation, and fun animal sounds.

On each letter page, help Albert discover the hidden Alphabetimal by finding the letter outline and pressing on it. Get rewarded with the animal popping on to the screen and making its unique animal sound. You can also tickle Albert and hear him giggle!

The final page displays all the letters/animals, so you can view the entire alphabet and keep pressing on each to toggle back and forth. It’s animal sound mayhem!

You can also customize the experience by toggling sound controls for turning off story text being read out loud, and for turning off background music/sounds.

For even more fun visit our website at www.alphabetimals.com where you can type your child’s name in Alphabetimals, watch an A-B-C song video, and download free coloring pages, posters and flash cards!

My Thoughts

With my daughter being in kindergarten she is all about learning to recognize her alphabet. Alphabetimals has provided her with a fun way to learn with animals in the shapes of the letters and making sounds. She giggles her way through the alphabet and loves the voice of Albert. Every day that I tell her to practice her alphabet she asks if she can use this app to help her out after she does her worksheets from school. She has so much fun with the Alphabetimals app.

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[New Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes | Giveaway]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25917 2012-09-13T14:43:18Z 2012-09-13T14:43:18Z

Company: Betty Crocker / MyBlogSpark
Item Reviewed: Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes
Item Given Away: Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes
Start Date: September 13
End Date: September 28

The sweet smell of mouth-watering desserts baking in the oven is now just a shake away! New Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes let you get to the fun faster and with less mess.

  • Varieties include delicious Chocolate Brownie, Confetti Cupcake, and Chocolate Cupcake
  • Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes are now available in the baking aisle at your local grocers

These mixes are so easy (and fun) to make that even your kids will want to get in on the action. Simply add water to the dessert mix, shake, and pour into your favorite baking pan. In a matter of minutes you and your family can enjoy that same taste you love, in a fraction of time. Fun is just a shake away!

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway where on lucky Dirty t Shirt reader will win the following Prize Pack:

  • All three varieties of the Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes
  • 60 minute baking timer
  • Treat stand
  • Oven mitt

Please see rules below to enter to win today!

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admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[The Aristocats: Special Edition | Blu-ray Review]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25909 2012-09-11T19:22:45Z 2012-09-11T19:22:45Z

Company: Walt Disney Studios
Item Reviewed: The Aristocats: Special Edition

The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. “The Aristocats” features the voice talents of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Halloway and legendary French singer Maurice Chevalier, who performs the film’s titular opening song. The legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, get the joint jumping with the jazz-inspired musical numbers “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” and “Thomas O’Malley Cat.”

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD) Includes the movie and:

  • The Lost Open: legendary songwriter Richard Sherman introduces an early story board iteration of an opening scene complete a deleted character named “the Maid” and demos for the deleted songs “How Much You Mean to Me” and “Court Me Slowly.”
  • “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video
  • Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”: This deleted song, complete with animation, will tug at the heartstrings of any animal lover, as Duchess explains to Thomas O’ Malley why she must return to her beloved owner Madame Bonfamille. Richard Sherman discusses the song he co-wrote with his brother Robert, which captures the special relationship between a pet owner and their animal. It’s a moving sequence that will stir everyone’s fondest memories of their favorite pets.
  • The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs: A tribute to the legendary Disney songwriting team of Robert and Richard Sherman, with particular emphasis on “The Aristocats.”
  • The Great Cat Family (Excerpt): This animated excerpt tells the history of cats from ancient Egyptians to the present.
  • The Classic Disney short “Bath Day”: Figaro has been freshly bathed and perfumed by Minnie when he meets up with Lucifer and his gang who chase him. In the ensuing fight, the gang is fooled into beating up Lucifer and making Figaro the winner. But the victor is soon put back in the tub by Minnie.
  • Disney Song Selection:
    • “The Aristocats”
    • “Scales and Arpeggios”
    • “Thomas O’Malley Cat”
    • “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”

Movie Clips

My Thoughts

This is another Disney movie that I haven’t been able to share with my girls until now. The Aristocats is a fun family movie and it will definitely get you singing. Of course our favorite song from the movie is “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat” and we all continue singing it long after the movie has stopped. I loved the blast from the past Classic Disney short “Bath Day” that was part of the special features as well as the animated excerpt that tells the history of cats from ancient Egyptians to the present as I have a fascination with the Egyptian times. Although this movie was from a different time it still held the classic standards and still enthralled the little ones. I am glad I was finally able to share The Aristocats movie with my family!

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[The Tigger Movie | Blu-ray Review]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25902 2012-09-11T18:16:36Z 2012-09-11T18:16:36Z

Company: Walt Disney Studios
Item Reviewed: The Tigger Movie

In this charming musical tale of friendship and adventure, “The Tigger Movie” Bounce-A-Riffic Special Edition follows Tigger as he sets off on an epic journey to find other Tiggers in his family tree. Through a series of exciting adventures he discovers that families come in all shapes and sizes. This fun and playful animated tale delights a whole new generation of fans with its timeless characters and storytelling, rich animation and delightful songs by legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman. The film features the Hundred Acre Wood’s most lovable characters, Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet and the rest of the gang.

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD) Includes the movie plus:

  • Disney Intermission – While the film is paused, young viewers are entertained with fun and engaging Hundred Acre Wood themed games and activities.
  • “A Tigger Tale” – This featurette includes interviews with director Jun Falkenstein, producer Cheryl Abood, art director Toby Bluth, animator Jeff Johnson and composer Richard Sherman who discuss how Tigger’s literary and film history influenced “The Tigger Movie.”
  • 10 Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh shorts – The journey continues with these 10 animated shorts featuring all of the Hundred Acre Wood characters.
  • “Round My Family Tree” Sing-Along Song – In this feature, fans can sing along with Tigger as the lyrics are highlighted on screen.
  • Kenny Loggins Music Video “Your Heart Will Lead You Home” – Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins reunites with the Hundred Acre Wood characters in this heartwarming music video.

Movie Clips

My Thoughts

The wonderful thing about Tiggers, Is Tiggers are wonderful things :) They sure are, and the movies with Tigger in them are even better!!!! Tigger is a major favorite in our home and we will watch anything that he is a part of. The Tigger Movie is a great, fun family movie and I loved seeing my daughter’s eyes light up when we sat down to watch it. Besides the fun of the actual movie we were loving the fact that when we paused the movie there was a lot of interactive things for my daughter to do. Through our second watching of The Tigger Movie my daughter was purposefully pausing it to see what she could play. I think that is a great addition to this movie and would love to see this more. We enjoyed bouncing along with Tigger in this new movie and suggest everyone adding it to their blu-ray libraries!

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[The Rescuers: 35th Anniversary Edition and The Rescuers Down Under 2 Movie Blu-ray Collection | Review]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25897 2012-09-11T17:43:59Z 2012-09-11T17:43:59Z

Company: Walt Disney Studios
Item Reviewed: The Rescuers: 35th Anniversary Edition and The Rescuers Down Under

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of an original classic, Disney proudly presents a special 2-movie collection featuring all-time family favorites, “The Rescuers” and “The Rescuers Down Under,” for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Join two of the world’s bravest mice – Bernard and Bianca – as they set out on two thrilling rescue missions full of comic adventure while soaring through the Devil’s Bayou and flying sky high in the Australian outback. Buckle up for the ride of your life as these tiny heroes with great big hearts outrun and outwit their rivals to save the day. Brimming with lovable characters and unforgettable music, the 2-movie collection is high-flying fun for the entire family! Share the laughs and excitement for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.

Movie Clips

My Thoughts

I was really excited to share this2- movie collection with my girls as neither of them had seen The Rescuers before. When the movie arrived we sat down as a family to watch it. It brought back memories from when I first saw it and boy were the bad people mean to Penny! But when it all works out in the end we all cheered and my youngest daughter said she liked watching a new movie, and since then has watched it three more times. Rescuers Down Under was a fun movie too I always loved The Rescuers as a child because I thought it was funny that mice had their own community and set out to save people. Didn’t believe it could happen even in a cartoon but it did and it made me believe, just like all Disney movies make me do and I love seeing that in my little ones eyes too. Definitely add The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under to your movie collection!

admin - Jennifer http://thedirtytshirt.com <![CDATA[Nokia Lumia 900 | Review and Giveaway]]> http://thedirtytshirt.com/?p=25886 2012-09-11T15:52:08Z 2012-09-11T15:52:08Z

Company: Nokia
Item Reviewed: Nokia Lumia 900
Item Given Away: Nokia Lumia 900
Start Date: September 11
End Date: September 26

Designed to offer users a unique and personalized experience, the Nokia Lumia 900 includes personal navigation, such as Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps, as well as all the exclusive features of the Windows Phone platform.

More unique features include:

  • 8MP auto-focus camera, which makes every picture super sharp and detailed.
  • Available in black, white, cyan, and, for a limited time, pink.
  • 4.3″ AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen, one-piece polycarbonate body, excellent antenna performance.
  • Built for speed and Internet with 1.4 GHz processor, 4G LTE, Bing, Internet Explorer 9, HTML5, and Wi-Fi.
  • Voice activation can be used to make calls, check calendars, dictate a text or even search online.
  • The People Hub allows users to see “What’s New.” Whether it’s the latest Tweets or what’s happening on Facebook, users can filter information by the contact or the social media account they want to see updates from.
  • All day battery life, up to 7 hours talk time.
  • Nokia Drive gives users a traffic report an hour before the leave home or the office.
  • Great back to school apps, including Flashcards Dictionary.com, Amazon Kindle, Smartboard Calculator Free, BoxFiles for Dropbox, and Power Planner Free.

My Thoughts

I just love Windows Phones. I love the layout on the homepage, the way I can see just about everything I need to see at a glance and I am loving the vibrant colors that make up the screen, something that is definitely missing in other Windows Phones. In fact I have been so hung up on how much more vibrant the colors are that it is all I can talk about when people ask me about the phone. Also a big fan of voice activation when reading (hearing) text messages and sending them back. And the camera, I am thoroughly impressed with the camera, with crisp clear pictures! This is definitely a great phone for everyone on the go, especially us moms who need to keep track of schedules and so much more.  The Nokia Lumia 900 is an all around great phone, and I recommend it to everyone. Now, if it would only come out on a different service ;)

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway with one lucky Dirty t Shirt reader winning their very own Nokia Lumia 900 (AT&T). Please see rules below to enter to win today! (colors available for giveaways are black, white, and cyan, and will be selected at random)


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