Sunday, June 28, 2009

Giveaway #1


It is only fitting since it was this blogs kick off review...I am giddy with excitement to announce the first giveaway is for ONE autographed copy of Uncubicled By Josh Mcmains. Coming straight from him! How flipping cool is that?

I will be announcing by Wednesday how it will all go. I want it easy, by linking to the blog, why you think you should be the winner, and twitter!

I want a HUGE buzz for this book, it deserves it! Kick off is June 1st! Just keep the Diet Dr. Pepper (Vanilla Coke for me!) stocked up and let the fun begin on Wednesday!

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Leave a message on
my review blog about why you should win Uncubicled. This will be your first entry any after than it up to you.

Add me @Krimsin and @uncubicled on twitter for one entry each. Tweet about contest once a day for extra entries.

Get others to add my follow my blog and say you turned them on to the contest is 2 entries per person. (They have to link to me, so I can see their blog, and/or twitter page)

Check out the book's webpage. I have a button on my page, link to it and post where you linked it to your own blog 1 entry, and make a quick blog about why you think you should win this book, for a entry. Follow my review blog for 5 extra entries.

Winner will also agree when done to leave a...Winner will also agree when done to leave a review after reading the book on Amazon and under my review (cut and pasted of Amazons review) on my blog. After two weeks I will tally up the entries everyone has and add your name to a hat that many times and have my son pull some lucky reader's name out.

Two super cool Mom Bloggers w/ a monster giveway!



Momdot.com and Skip to my Lou are giving away this monster gift, a $3800 MountainRange Swingset!

This is a MONSTER give way, and though it is not MY give a way, it is worth it to look up if you are a parent for sure. These ladies don't just have giveaways, they review and say it like it is. MY kind of girls! For complete details head on over to MomDot and see how easy it is to enter!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Snoozer Buddy Bike


The problem:
Sully my Havanese is small with short legs, he only can run side by side with my bike for about .75 miles. Our usual bike ride is at least 2 miles. I would have to go back and droip him back off at home, or just leave him there to begin with. It can't be family time when one is left behind, can it?

My solution was scouring the internet for a bike basket that would
fit my furry, somewhat long dog, without interrupting my ride. I found the Snoozer Basket below, I purchased it in gray.

(stock photo)


The Snoozer Buddy Bike Basket installs to handle bars in only a few minutes with no tools necessary. The carry basket is made of a durable microfiber that easily and quickly wipes clean for pet parents who are on the go. Includes a removable inner pad and chin rest for pet's comfort, removable rain cover with opening for dog's head and multiple mesh pockets for treats, toys and more.
  • Easy handlebar installation sets up in minutes with no tools necessary
  • Durable microfiber exterior easily wipes clean
  • Removable inner pad and padded chin rest for added comfort
  • Features a rain cover with opening for dog's head
  • Includes a water bottle pocket and multiple mesh pockets for toys, chews & food
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My 2 cents on the Snoozer:

Structure/Aesthetics:
Seems flimsy when you pull it from the box. I was worried about putting my almost 10lb Havanese in it. I thought about repackaging it and sending it right back, but in all fairness I decided to set it up and give it a once over.

I will give them high marks on choice of fabrics. The gray is more of a gray-blue, but soft and the use of fleece lining makes it look soft and comfy. I thought about thought about tossing Sully into it while it was sitting on the floor. He was not amused jumped out fast. In Snoozer's defense, Sully is not a box sitting type of dog.

The pockets are great! I can carry my son's water bottle and his Leapster 2. Not quite what they are used for, but it's usual for what I would use it for! There is also a rain cover for the dog attached to the one of pockets. This was a bonus I didn't realize as where I got this basket from didn't have this little perk listed that I saw.

There is a harness attachment for you to secure in your pat.
Sully is not a jumper, and settles himself inside. I honestly don't use them, but another good selling feature.

Installation:
I thought what the heck, I will put it on my bike and see it it is as simple as the instructions say. Basically unfold, place stability bar in bottom, attach to handle bars and rest stability bar to main tube of bike. It actually was that easy.

The True Test:
Now for the meat of it, will the dog like it. Sully is not a rider. He is categorized more as a yacker. I was really hoping not to have to clean up puke from his coat and my bike. He was shaking likew a leaf the first time he was placed in there. As I kicked off, I turned the basket sways more then I would ideally want it too. Sully was pleasantly content once we got going, and was rearing to go on the boke ride again today.


Pros:
Cute design, lightweight (I thought would be a con, but was wrong), Sully will use it (that should be a selling point for any owner that my super picky dog will enjoy it!). Solves a problem, letting you bring your small pet with you on longer bike rides. Can also be used as a carrier!

Cons:
Not a huge fan of the clips to attach to the handle bars or really the way the stability bar rests on the main pipe of the bike. That being said, if they were to change it up and put a strap like in the handle bars along with the stability bar to reduce the baskets sway, I would be VERY happy with it.

The Verdict:
When it comes down to it, it all comes down to how safe your pet will be. I like this product, even though initially I was worried. Pricing is erratic anywhere between 42-80+ bucks! My suggestion is find it at a dealer that is charging less, or has free shipping. I finally decided on Blue Planet Products who offered free shipping.

"Mom, are you sure about this?" He asks as he was shaking like a leaf.
I will pretend this is not a vehicle and try not to yack all over you!
Less than 1/4 way through the first ride he stopped shaking and started having fun.
He was much happier riding than getting dragged on a leash. Here he really was having fun. Barking up at me like he was ready to play!
This is his trying to look cool in front of other dogs look!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Uncubicled- Kindle edition Review


I was very skeptical of the book when I first ran across it, why this book, I have so many others to read(about 298). There was just something about the book that said, "buy me, you won't be disappointed." I caved after a couple days and kept it in the Kindle for a couple weeks. Reading several other books the last being extremely lacking in action. All reviews point to this book being action packed, they were correct! I think we all have had that coworker we would have loved to smack in the face with a keyboard. That is how the action begins here. Any time I thought there would be a lag in the action, it revved up again. Though some call it disjointed, with all the characters, the jumps are necessary to gain a believable background for each character.

I was also thrilled with the length, many eBooks have been short and fell way short in the thrill. This was a book that took me over a week of reading when I had time to turn the Kindle on. That is a rarity for me, I usually bite through it in no time. This book also either leaves a satisfying close to it, or room to continue. The only reason for 4 out of 5 stars is a personal connection to a character that is killed off and I thought said person could have been used. I respect the reason for the demise, just wish it could have been later not on the plane. That is all I will say so as not to spoil the read for anyone else.

For a first book I think McMains did a bang up job. I look forward to more from him in the future. You can find more about the book on twitter.com @Uncubicled.
 

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