Monday, September 30, 2013

City Backpack Review!!

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I was recently sent an awesome backpack from City Backpacks for review purposes, and I must honestly say that this backpack is one of the most durable an well-made backpacks I have ever owned.
New Disaster Cordura Laptop Backpack

The New Disaster Cordura Laptop Backpack is not only roomy enough for all of the things I need when I go out, but also has a specific, protected compartment for my laptop. This is perfect for those times when I need to travel with my laptop and I won't need to worry that it may be damaged while in transit. Even when taking my four year old son to his favorite "burger place" to have a snack and play on the playground, I can use my backpack to carry all of the stuff I need to keep working while he plays.

Backpack Features:
  • Pocket Flap Lid & Buckle Closure
  • Drawstring opening to main compartment
  • Front & Side Pockets
  • Internal Pockets
  • Side Zip Closure
  • Top Grab Handle
  • Air Mesh Padded Straps & Back
  • 15" Laptop Pocket (Neoprene Protected)
City Backpacks is a specialized backpack store for an urban lifestyle. Their stylish and functional backpack collection is sure to satisfy anyone who is looking for well-equipped bags for work, study, hiking or just hanging out. 

To check out my awesome new backpack and others just as awesome, click HERE!

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Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.

NYX Nail Polish Set Giveaway!

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Life of a Mad Typer is happy to bring you yet another awesome giveaway in the Ruby's Wrappable Picks Holiday Gift Guide.

This is for the NYX Love is in the air 18 mini bottle nail polish set. Please check out the sponsor on facebook and thank them for this giveaway (be sure to let them know Life of a Mad Typer sent you.) Who knows! They might want to do more reviews and giveaways if we show how much we love cosmetics!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

What is Normal??

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Today has not turned out at all like I wanted it to.

My husband is off today and we wanted to take our two young sons to the County Fair. I went through the entire process of getting ready to go and at the last minute had a small break-down, so now I am home alone and they are at the fair, having fun, I hope.

This isn't the first time I've done this, probably not the last time either. I've missed out on several fairs, family get-togethers, and other fun events over the years due to my version of "normal."

I wasn't always like this...there was a time when I was confident. I felt good about myself and when someone told me that I was beautiful, I actually believed them, although never conceited at all. I loved to go shopping and try on new clothes, I loved to get dressed to go somewhere...anywhere. I enjoyed getting ready...fixing my hair and make-up, but those days are gone and haven't been here in a long, long time.

I try to think back to when I changed and I can't come up with a specific date or even year. I just know that this wasn't always ME.

Five years ago, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer and my entire thyroid was removed. Although deeply concerned about the fact that I had cancer, I had no idea what NOT having a thyroid would do to me in the long run. I've been on medication to give me the thyroid hormones that I no longer produce, I've had many dosage changes, and due to the effects of Hypothyroidism, I also take medicine for depression and anxiety. I guess I was super naive back then and didn't realize what was to come nor what side effects some meds would have on my body. 

I've gained so much weight and the sad thing about it, is that I can't find a way to get rid of it. I've tried diet pills, diet drinks, starving myself, and lots of other things, with little or no results. My latest endeavor is a dietary supplement pill that is actually doing a little for me. I've lost about 10 pounds, but the best part is that my energy level has increased a bit. Before taking this, I was so fatigued and needed a nap most afternoons. 

Not many people understand what I go through because I choose to put on a happy face most of the time. I don't discuss it with many people because I don't want to sound like I'm feeling sorry for myself and need pity. Most people don't understand and think that if I just work out and eat less, the weight will come off. Not true. My metabolism is pretty much gone and is not like it used to be.

Today is not a good day...I'm depressed about how I look, how I think others perceive me, how I know others see me and the fact that I don't have enough confidence to even venture out and have a good time with my family. I feel like a huge disappointment to my husband...his once pretty and thin wife is now a totally different person. His once happy wife is now moody and depressed. I disappoint my kids every time I miss a school event or function because I just can't bring myself to get dressed and go. I've lost touch with most of my friends because I can't make myself be social. The most I can do is online! Yes, ma'am...I'm great at social media!

Am I normal? I don't know...all I know is this is not who I used to be, nor who I want to be and I need to figure out what to do about it.

If you have ever felt this way, or do now, please comment below. I'd love to know how others have handled their own situations.

Xlear SparX Candy Review!

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As a mom of four great kids, I love to discover something that my kids will not only love but something that is also good for them!
Candy has always been a source struggle...the kids love it, but for many reason I have had to seriously limit candy in my home. Not just the fact that it can contribute to cavities but my oldest son is ADHD and too much sugar affects him severely.

With Xlear SparX Candy, I don't have to worry about the kids having too much sugar and all of the adverse side effects. SparX are naturally flavored little candy "dots" that are rich in Xylitol and calcium. My kids love the great taste (and so do I), while I, as a parent, can feel confident that I am giving my kids a treat that actually helps improve their dental habits.

Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that Xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. Frequently eating foods high in sugars and starches can promote tooth decay. Xylitol, unlike other sweeteners, may reduce the risk of cavities. Candies made with this sweetener have already received official endorsements from six national dental associations.

This Halloween season, give candy that the kids will love and won't harm their teeth. This fall, Xlear will be offering their award winning SparX Candy in a special Halloween Bag...ideal for trick-or-treaters of all ages! Each bag will contain 30 individual, sealed packets of SparX in a variety of natural fruit flavors.

Xlear's SparX Halloween Bags can be purchased online at and in stores nationwide at all Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods locations.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition Review!

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The Little Mermaid has always been one of my favorite Disney movies, so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to review the new Diamond Edition of this amazing movie.

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My two daughters grew up watching all of the Disney movies, and The Little Mermaid is still a family two young sons even loved this one. The sea creatures were completely intriguing to my sons. They loved the songs and the story! 

The Walt Disney Studios invites families everywhere to rediscover the film that gave voice to a whole generation as "The Little Mermaid" splash es it's way into homes for the first time ever on Blu-ray for a limited time only. 

One of the most celebrated animated musical films of all time, "The Little Mermaid" tells the magical tale of the mermaid princess Ariel and her lovable underwater friends, Sebastian and Flounder. Now fans everywhere can experience Ariel's adventures like never before with sparkling high definition picture and sound, then explore the making of this modern family classic with all new bonus treasures.

Finally releasing from the Disney vault, "The Little Mermaid" makes it's eagerly awaited debut on Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital copy and HD and SD Digital formats on October 1, 2013. This awesome movie contains digitally restored picture and sound.

Available everywhere on 10/1!!

Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.

Disney's PLANES on Blu-ray Combo Pack 11/19!!

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Take a Sneak Peek! 

"PLANES" arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on November 19th!
This heartwarming family comedy is packed with bonus features including musical number "Franz's Song," "Meet the Racers" featurettes, a look at 10 greatest aviators in history and so much more!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blogger Opportunity ~ Pink Giveaway!!

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This giveaway is hosted by Empowered Mommy and Joys Of Life

FREE blogger opportunity with paid options. OPEN WW

Prize: $100 Victoria's Secret Gift Card 

Event Dates: September 30 - October 30 Sign-ups: September 27
  • Get 1 Free link (Facebook or Twitter) with announcement post. ($5 waiver fee without announcement post) 
  • Additional links for $3 each 
  • Co-host for $20- Get up-to 3 free additional links and a back-link to your blog on the final giveaway post. 
  • Host pages/Comment pages $10 each

The blog who refers the most bloggers will get free co-host spot. 
(If you paid for co-host and wins referral prize, your payment will be refunded)

Questions? Email me:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

California Delicious Gift Baskets ~ Review & Giveaway!

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There's always an occasion for and awesome gift basket. 

Birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Anniversaries, or even Christmas...the possibilities are endless for sending a basket filled with goodies to someone special.

I received two baskets for review purposes from California Delicious, both arrived to my home in Texas, from California, in perfect condition and very quickly.  The Kiwi & Melon Spa Afternoon basket is gorgeous and would be an amazing gift for any female friend or family member. My oldest daughter's birthday is coming up and I'm sure this is a gift she would really love to have. It's filled with luxurious spa products and sweet treats! This fun polka dot tin holds Kiwi Melon body butter, Kiwi Melon shower gel, Kiwi Melon body bar, scented white rose petals, an invigorating loofah and wooden nail brush. Soothing Highland Select tea, Strawberry tea, cashew roca, English tea cookies, chocolate truffle cookies and two Ghirardelli chocolate bars are also included in this lovely gift. 

Kiwi & Melon Spa Afternoon Basket

Beats By DRE Headphones Giveaway!!

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Easy Entry!!

Enter to win Beats by DRE Headphones
Awesome Christmas Gift!!

Zangadoo & Friends iPhone/iPad Game App Review & Giveaway!

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Zangadoo Kangaroo is an idea ready to bounce out of the pouch!

Zangadoo Entertainment has brought the lovable kangaroo and his unique Australian friends to life in every possible way ~ mobile games, a children's book series, cartoons, toys, and more!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Disney's Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales on DVD 10/15!!

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Disney Channels popular animated TV series, Gravity Falls, arrives on DVD 10/15!
~**Includes over 2 hours of adventures & FREE exclusive Mystery Book**~

Save on Allegra for Fall Allergies!

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Do you need a new case for your iPad, iPhone, iPod or Tablet?

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Do you need a new case for one of your electronic devices?

Gumdrop Cases and Hard Candy Cases are giving one awesome reader ANY case from either site!
~*Excluding cases for iPhone 5C & 5S*~

Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below...Good Luck! 

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Transformers are a huge hit in my house! Not only my two sons, but also my husband, are all big Transformer fans.

On December 3, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, debuts the perfect gift for families, kids, and fans of TRANSFORMERS PRIME arriving in stores everywhere just in time for this holiday season!

The highly anticipated TRANSFORMER PRIME ~ SEASON THREE ~ BEAST HUNTERS, the complete third and final season of Hasbro Studios' Emmy Award-winning series, releases on a special 2-Disc Blu-ray collection and a collectible 2-DVD set.

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Matcha DNA Green Tea Review!

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When I had the opportunity to review Matcha DNA Green Tea, I immediately took the opportunity. I'm definitely interested in anything that can boost my metabolism and help me to feel more energized and healthier.

Celebrate National Coffee Day with Maui Wowi Hawaiian!!

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In honor of National Coffee Day on Sunday (9/29), Maui Wowi Hawaiian is offering coffee lovers everywhere the chance to enjoy their delicious gourmet Hawaiian coffee for 45% off the regular price!


Maui Wowi Hawaiian is a quality "farm-to-cup" coffee retailer that carefully hand-picks coffee beans from selected plantations and family-owned farms that represent the bold attributes and sheer beauty of Hawaii.

Harvesting only the best beans from Kona, Molokai and Kauai, they offer a variety of blends including 100% Kona coffee, Maui Mountain Roast and flavored coffees such as Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Toasted Coconut.

Disclosure: I received the above products as compensation for this post.

Take a Walk on the Dead Side Costume Giveaway!

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It's that time again..time to think about costumes for Halloween!
In my home, costumes are part of my son's daily routine and he wears them more than his regular clothes!

Enter today and win a costume for your little one or yourself!

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Fall Decor at Find & Save!

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Even though it's still warm outside, in Texas, I've begun looking at Fall decorative items for my home.

I discovered an amazing site called Find & Save, a site where I can plan all of my shopping for anything that I need, including Fall decor items!

It was really easy to sign-up and begin making a shopping list from any store listed in my area. The first store I visited was Michael's because I know I can find tons of Fall and Halloween stuff all in one place, especially in their new "Fall-o-Ween" sales ad. I found lots flowers, pumpkins and even cute baking pans and decorations. 

After completing my list at Michael's, I went to JoAnn-Fabric & Craft Store and begin a very long list! I not only found some really great Fall and Halloween decor, but also costume accessories that are original and unlike the accessories I've seen at other stores. As I scrolled through the holiday items, I eventually came to Christmas products and although it's a little too early for me to start buying for Christmas, it's never too early to know just where to come when it's time! 

Find & Save is really awesome...I can do all of my shopping preparations online, all in one place, make my shopping lists and then actually go shopping and get what I need, without spending time searching for it.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Show your appreciation with Redbox Codes!

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There are times when you want to show your appreciation for someone for an act of kindness or good deed. Maybe you would simply like to reward an employee or associate for doing a great job...there's always a reason to show others that we are thinking of them and appreciate the things they do for us.

txtMovies allows you to easily reward those in your life that deserve a little something, with a Movie Rental Code from Redbox right to their phone, via text message.

It's easy!
  • Simply create an account on
  • Select the amount of movie codes to add to your account
  • Pay the electronic invoice received to your email address
  • Start sending codes!

There are so many countless uses for this txtMovie service...engage customers, use as a survey incentive, reward for customer referrals, good deeds and so much more! 

Everyone LOVES Movies!
Over 9.5 million movies are rented each week at the 36,000 Redbox locations nationwide! 
Why not sign-up and start sending Redbox Codes today?

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Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.

FREE Trick-or-Treat Bag!

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Get your FREE Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag
just in time for Halloween!

Nail Polish Giveaway ~ Blue Scandal!

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Love is in the Air! 

I received this awesome set of nail polish for review, from Blue Scandal.  The NYX Love Is In The Air nail polish set is filled with eighteen really gorgeous colors, ranging from pastels, to neutrals to beautiful florals. Included are three glitter polishes that can be worn alone or over any of the other polishes, for a sparkly effect.

Blue Scandal offers tons of name brand beauty products, all at a discounted price and what's better than not paying full price? Take a look at Blue Scandal for all of your beauty needs...perfume, cosmetics, skin care and even cosmetic tools!

Visit Blue Scandal HERE!

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Blue Scandal and Missi Rose's Views are giving one awesome reader their own Love is in the Air Nail Polish Set! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below...Good Luck! 

Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.

The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray Combo Pack 12/17‏ ~ In Time for Christmas!

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Time is Ticking, the Tension is High,
and the Ultimate Showdown Between Good and Evil is About to EXPLODE! 

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in The Lone Ranger, from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Director Gore Verbinski. It's a wild ride of high velocity action, explosions and gunfights that bring the famed masked legend to life through brand-new eyes. The Lone Ranger, the last of his kind, teams with Tonto, a dark and mysterious vigilante, to seek vengeance after justice has failed them. It's a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes.

Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, and On-Demand 
December 17, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DazzlePro SmilePacks Teeth-Whitening Kit Review!

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Do you wish your teeth were whiter? I know that in my family, we use whitening toothpaste daily in order to get those pearly whites.

Gumdrop iPad Case Review ~ Drop Tech Color!!

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iPad owners know that a great case is a must! My iPad is not just used by me, but also by my kids, including my four year old son, Tristan, so when I had the opportunity to review an iPad case from Gumdrop Cases, I was definitely interested.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


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SlugTerra is one of my two son's favorite shows. Ever since they received the first DVD, they watch it constantly, and even the episodes that are shown on TV, so this release of the DVD is super exciting in my home!

Get ready for the ultimate Transformers Prime adventure this October!!

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Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, is set to release the feature film, Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters ~ Predacons Rising on Blu-ray and DVD October 8th! Watch this exciting trailer below:

SmartSilk Pillows Review and Giveaway! ~ Amazing Pillows!

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I was so excited to be able to receive pillows from SmartSilk for a family of my size, we have gone through countless pillows over the years. A great pillow is something that most don't think about, but is essential for a good night's sleep. An uncomfortable pillow that is flat or lumpy can certainly affect the quality of sleep that you get every night, and most likely the your mood the following day.

SmartSilk pillows are really amazing. They are made of all natural and luxurious material. The soft cotton outer shell encases the unique polyester micro gel fiber filling and although the pillows seem to be overly fluffy and soft, they are actually just the right level of comfort.