Thursday, December 15, 2011


I have always felt as though it is important to teach our kids the value of money. I don’t like the thought of spoiling them and giving them everything they want. I want to teach them it’s important to know that the things we want out of life, won’t be handed to us, but earned.  Earning money fall high in this category, it’s very important for me that they know what it means to save for what you want in life. I have been looking for the right tools to help my girls and teach them the true value of money.  With some research I have found that there is a product, which not only helps adults, but also children to understand the value of money.

You will now have the actual tools to use with your kids to teach them about spending, saving and giving. There is a short pamphlet on the actual "teaching" and the rest of the package has the chore list, envelope system and tracking for savings. 
This is a hand on tool that will give your children the reinforcement they need to be successful. In this set you will be introduced to Junior. You kids will love the adventures he goes through dealing with day to day activities. You child can either read this books or listen to the audio CDs. I have used the audio CD’s in long car rides. The stories are good for the younger kids, because in some ways they all can relate to them.
Dave Ramseys products will help you to teach your children, even young children, the value of money and the linkage to hard work.

About Dave Ramsey and his products:
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and New York Times best-selling
 author Dave Ramsey has created a line of products for kids that takes his
 financial expertise and applies it to kids in a fun, easy to learn
 experience. The book series is based on Junior, a young boy who learns the
 valuable lessons of giving, sharing, and spending. There are six
 illustrated books in the series that cover lessons such as "Junior
 Discovers Spending," "Junior Discovers Work," and "Junior Discovers
 Integrity." The books are also available in an audio format and come in a
 cool aluminum lunchbox with Junior and his friends on the front. They are
 the perfect companion for travelling and bedtime story readying. The set
 of 6 Junior books is available for $59.99. The audiobooks are also
 available in a collectible lunchbox for $39.95.

 Dave has also taken his acclaimed financial advice on the basics of
 giving, saving and spending and created Financial Peace, Junior, a kit of
 information and materials that helps parents teach their children how to
 practice the principles that they read about in Junior's book series. The
 Financial Peace Jr. kit comes with wet-erase boards to keep track of
 savings and commission; an activity book with stories and games; magnets
 for giving, saving, and spending; a kid's sized calculator; envelope
 system; and an instruction manual for parents. Financial Peace Jr. is a
 great way for parents and kids to grow closer and learn the value of money
 together. Financial Peace, Junior retails for $19.95.

 Junior also has a bank, divided up into sections for Giving, Spending and
 Saving, available for kids to take what they are learning and apply it in
 real life. The bank features the characters from the Junior book series
 and is clear plastic so that kids are able to see their money grow. The
 bank is available for $19.95.

With all these skills that we are giving our children today, I’m sure this is the jump start they will need in the future to be debt free.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I want to wish each and everyone of my readers a Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful not only for my family and friends, but also all my followers and readers! Have a blessed holiday and be safe! I will be back on Monday with some new stuff to post!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Update on ME!

It has been a while since I have posted on my blog. For that I want to apologize. So I'm here to fill you in and let you know whats been going on in my life over the past few months. I recently started back working, which has been going great! I'm officially married to the love of my life and life couldn't be sweeter! My kids are both in school now. Janae is in 1st grade and Nikyra (the baby) just started preK! I must say she has adapted quicker then I thought she would. I'm currently working on getting the 2011 gift guide ready for and if you know of anyone who would be interested in being add please have them contact me at! I will be posting some items that I have reviewed here in the upcoming weeks!! Some of these products I think you all will enjoy. I'm excited and I hope you all will stick around for whats to come! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chuck E Cheese's New Pizza Recipe Review and Giveaway

If your kids are anything like my own they know what are where Chuck E. Cheese is. After my daughters first visit we made detours to avoid driving by because she would cry wanting to stop by. So when I told her that we have the opportunity to review Chuck E. Cheese's new pizza recipe she was more then thrilled. 
We were sent the Guest pass that gave us a large pizza, 4 drinks and 30 tokens. This was more then enough for us to share, so we brought along my cousin and her little boy as well. Anytime we go to Chuck E. Cheese I also check my email to see the latest coupons they have, if you haven't already you can sign up for their news letter here.

I'm a big fan when it comes to their pizza, so when I got the email I didn't think there was any way to improve something so good. Boy was I wrong. We ordered half cheese and half pepperoni. I could tell the sauce had a richer flavor and the crust was thinner (I'm a huge friend of thin crust). Not only did I love the pizza my daughter did as well. She took time out from playing to sit and have a couple of pieces. 

Not only was the food good, but the service from all employees was awesome. There was always someone walking around and asking if we were OK, and the manager made it a point to introduce him self to everyone he ran into.  So if you are looking for a fun kid friendly place to bring your family, I would suggest your nearest Chuck E. Cheese!! Best part is 2 lucky readers will get to try out the new recipe as well!! 

2 lucky Sweet Life By Nicole Readers will win a Guest Pass to Chuck E. Cheese’s!  The pass will give you a Large Pizza, 4 drinks, and 30 tokens.

Mandatory Entry: Must be a follower of this blog, and post a comment about your best experience at Chuck E. Cheese

1st Mandatory Entry must be completed before you can qualify for additional entries. All extra entries who don’t do the mandatory entry will be deleted.
  • 3 entries- Like Chuck E. Cheese on Facebook.
  • 3 entries- Sign up for the Chuck E. Cheese’s Email Club.
  • 3 entries- Follow chuckecheese on Twitter.
  • 3 entries- Follow @sweetnkky
  • 2 entries- Sweet Life By Nicole's button and put it on your blog. Leave a link.
  • 5 entries- Subscribe to Sweet Life By Nicole email
  • 10 entries- Blog about this giveaway linking to this post. Leave a link to your post.
  • 1 entry per day- Tweet this giveaway: including a link to this post, @chuckecheese & @sweetnkky in your tweet.
Make sure to leave a comment for each one of these entries you do!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Red, White, and Beautiful!

Celebrate America's Independence Day and also be beautiful while doing it. Show your stars and stripes by indulging in these fantastic beauty tips. 

Patriotic summer holidays call for festive looks, but no one wants to look like a walking flag. Red, white and blue beauty looks offer an attractive and chic alternative to donning stars and stripes. Sporting a flash of red, white or blue is patriotic, trendy, and fashionable which doesn’t have to mean expensive – each of these instant updates is available for under $10 at stores across the U.S.A.

RED:  For a daring red to show your bold attitude try, ORLY Lacquer in Star Spangled ($7.50 at Ulta). It  delivers megawatt shine and classic color in a formula that’s free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. 

WHITE:  Any summer look requires a bright, white smile. The new REMBRANDT® Deeply White™ toothpastes and mouthwash ($6.99-$7.99 at drugstores) work together to provide superior whitening by using Active Dental Peroxide, the ingredient dentists use to whiten below the enamel surface.
I know you will be attending many cookouts and being around friends and family so this is your time to shine and show those pearly whites. 

BLUE: To go with that brilliant white smile, is the new blue Total Care + Whitening toothbrush ($3.99 - $4.99 at drugstores) purposefully designed to whiten teeth and remove stains. 

All of these products are available at most drugstores. I do have to mention that I am a loyal Rembrandt fan. Since I have reviewed Rembrandt in the past I have yet to find any tooth brush or tooth paste that leaves my teeth as clean as Rembrandt. Everything in this post is my complete honest opinion you. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Giveaway :: Cars 2 Prize Pack

Rev your engines as your favorite characters from Cars are back with Cars 2 racing into theatres everywhere on June 24th. My kids and I loved the first Cars movie, and we are just as excited about this one.

Here is a brief synopsis: When star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix, Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage!

- CARS 2 t-shirt in youth sizes of S, M, L, XL
- CARS 2 set of 3 bumper tickets
- CARS 2 temporary tattoo sheet (2 per winner)
- CARS 2 puzzle

REQUIRED ENTRY:  You must be a follower of Sweet Life By Nicole and comment your favorite Cars moment.
Extra Entires:
Follow @disneypixar
Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your tweet. (you can tweet once per day for a daily entry).
Follow @sweetnkky
Subscribe to the Sweet Life By Nicole newsletter
Refer a friend (if you refer a friend please comment their name and screen name they use)
THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END JUNE 25th! Good Luck to all who participate!!

Here Home Hope, Review

Here Home Hope, Review

I was giving the opportunity to review a copy of “Here, Home, Hope” by author Kaira Rouda. This book is a fictional story of one woman's courageous journey through midlife crisis and personal reinvention - all told with a sense of heart and humor. 
I have to say I have been busy over the past month or so, that it has took me a while to calm myself to sit down and start this book. Once I was able to start it I couldn’t put it down. If you are like me and you like the drama type shows on TV them you will enjoy this book.
Kaira Rouda is able to portray a mother and wife (Kelly Mills Johnson) in a way that we all feel at times like a mother that gives and gives of herself to everyone in the family, but forgets to take the time needed for herself. She sees what she has been missing and longing for in her life through her friends and she envies them. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I don’t want to give the book away, but there are some lessons to be learned. The grass is never greener on the other side, just harder to cut.
Kelly Mills Johnson finds herself at a point in her life where there are things happening that are out of her control. She knows that there are things that she would like to change and memories that she wants to create. You will find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster as you read along and follow this midlife journey with Kelly Mills Johnson. 

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I received a copy of the book from One2One Network as always all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

::CLOSED:: Chili's Triple Dipper Review and Giveaway!

Good Things Come in 3's

THE WINNER IS: crazylicious85

Have you ever heard of the saying that good things come in threes? Well when I heard that Chili’s has a new appetizer promotion, that saying is oh so true! What better way to start off a meal then to choose any of your three favorites from Chili’s appetizer menu.
Combine your three favorite appetizers! Served with dipping sauces

• NEW! Loaded Potato Skins
• NEW! Memphis BBQ Skins
 • NEW! Honey-Chipotle Shrimp
• Big Mouth® Bites
• Boneless Buffalo Wings
• Southwestern Eggrolls
 • Chicken Crispers®
• Wings Over Buffalo®
 • Fried Cheese
• Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip
When it comes to choosing just one appetizer its always so hard, so I’m glad that Chili’s has started this new Triple Dipper Event! This makes the decision so much easier. For me my choice is going to be the Loaded Potato Skins, Honey-Chipotle Shrimp and the Wings over Buffalo! This trio is so filling that there is always enough to share, so I recommend to bring a friend or two along with you!
To jump start this new Triple Dipper there are several ways to WIN a chance to try this yourself! One good way is to check out Shout Out To Eat Out, all you have to do is put yourself in a perfect trio for your chance to win a $20 gift card or a grand prize of $333. A winner will be chosen every day! You can also stop by 2 Wired 2 Tired for even more chances to win a $20 Chili's Gift Card!

 Now a chance for you to win a $20 gift card here on Sweet Life By Nicole. It's real simple and anyone can enter! 

Mandatory Entry:Click the link below: Please enter Sweet Life By Nicole in the field below!

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1. Tell me your 3 favorite foods you would like to have all on 1 plate.

2. "Like" Chili's on Facebook 

3. Follow @Chilis & @Shoutout2eatout on Twitter

4. Create your terrific trio located on and comment with the URL link

5. Opt-In to Chili's email club here (You'll receive a free appetizer certificate too!)

6. Tweet  out this

            "At @Chilis Good Things Come In 3's! Check out @2Wired2Tired for 200 chances to win in the #tripledipper linky rave!”

Make sure to leave a comment for each entry including an email address that you can be reached at in case you win!

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Giveaway to Celebrate the release Pirates of the Caribbean

To help Disney celebrate the release of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Sweet Life By Nicole is hosting a pirates of the Caribbean Giveaway!! If you have not heard this movie is awesome and in 3D!

Captain Jack is back and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sailed into theatres everywhere on May 20th! If you loved the first three you will love this one! There is a lot of suspense and thrills and not to mention Johnny Depp! This movie reminds me that Disney isn’t just for the kids, but also for the kids at heart!

Here is a brief synopsis of the fourth Pirates adventure:
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past
(Penélope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

Now for the Giveaway:
Tell us about your favorite clip or scene from any of the Pirates of The Caribbean Movies! For an extra entry like Pirates of the Caribbean on face book at:
 One lucky winner will receive this prize pack:
- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES temporary tattoo (2 per winner)

Here is a free Pirates of the Caribbean activity pack to enjoy with your little ones: 

:: Closed:: Hasbro Perfection Review and Giveaway

With summer here and school is out, most families will be traveling the roads. Parents are always looking for a great way to keep our kids entertained. We have been able to keep our kids entertained on rainy days with Hasbro board games, and now we can take that entertainment on the road with Hasbro travel size games! These travel size games brings the joy of the regular games such as perfection, hungry hippo, battle ship, connect four and so much more.  When I was chosen to review a copy of Perfection it brought back so many memories for me. I remember when I was younger and the anticipation of the timer going off and all the pieces popping out at you is great! I was able to share this experience with my daughter. She is four and learning her shapes and matching so this game is also a learning experience for her. She loves to try and beat the clock and still jumps (as well as I do) when the timer goes off and the pieces pop out!
Now time for the Giveaway!
Please comment your favorite Hasbro memory and your favorit game! One winner will be chosen to win their own Hasbro travel game!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Skin MD Natural Review and Giveaway

During the transition of the seasons, my skin that is exposed to the elements tends to get pretty dry. I’m always on the lookout for skin care, moisturizer/lotion that I can use all over from head to toe. I’m looking for something that I can use on my face that won’t be to oily and break my face out, but something strong enough to take the dryness out of my hands. I constantly wash my hands and use hand sanitizer (I work in a hospital) so my hands tend to be on the dry side. In my search for a good lotion/moisturizer I had a chance to review Skin MD’s Natural Shielding Lotion. I have been very pleased with this product. I have been able to use Skin MD on my face as a moisturizer, and I have not had any problems out of it. I have found that with some moisturizers and lotions they can leave your skin feeling tacky or overly moist. Skin MD is a light formula and leaves my skin soft and smooth after applying. I’m always excited to come across skin care that I can you all year round!

Product description:
A shielding lotion does the real work to prevent dry skin in two ways.
First, it assists the inner layers of skin to absorb moisture. The humectant (an ingredient that attracts moisture) used in Skin MD Natural is unique to it and has been laboratory tested to be 6 times more effective than any other you will find in common creams.
Second, a shielding lotion enhances the power of the top layer of the skin to resist environmental irritants while protecting the inner natural moisture. This can be a big benefit for those who cook, wash dishes and garden because Skin MD Natural helps skin retain its natural moisture and oils in the face of all those irritating soaps and chemicals.

Skin MD is also a product that is affordable for everyone that loves skin care. If you would like to purchase your own bottle please do so HERE!

 Sweet Life By Nicole Giveaway
So since I absolutely love this product, I would love for one of my readers to have a chance to experience it too! Comment below what is your best and worst experience with a moistiezer is. On May 19th I will choose one winner at random to receive their own bottle of Skin MD Natural!
Please remember to leave your comment along with a current email address so I can contact you if you win! 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dressing up my home's patio area

Guest post written by Kimmy Hallman

Making your home feeling like a luxurious space is something that you can do even if you live in a small place. It's all about what you do with the area that you have, not how much area you have. So the next little area of my home that I'm concentrating on so I can make my home its absolute best is my patio area.
I've put a few pieces of random furniture to go with my grill in my patio area, but that doesn't really entice me to stay out there. But this space makeover is to make me actually use my grill a little more. I looked aroudn online to see what other people have done with the patio areas of their own homes nad while I was doing that I ran across some I looked into them a little bit more and after that I decided to take advantage of them.
Well I know that I dfeinitely wnat matching furniture out there. I think it would also be neat to find an outdoor rug to put out there to make it feel like more of a homey indoor space than an outdoor space.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Update on Everything

 Hello Everyone!! I know it has been a couple of weeks since my last blog post, but the days in the Life of Nicole have been super busy! I have so much going on right now at times it can be over whelming! To start things off I have recently started back working, after taking a yearlong break from work to finish up school and to stay home with my daughter the last year before she starts preschool. It has been such a hard adjustment not being home with her every day and not having free time to get much needed chores done. It has been hard, but I think I’m finally finding a routine that works for me. I love my new job and the people I work with. It is hard to find a place where you can mesh with your coworkers so easy, but I have been lucky to find that place.

With starting work, there are also a lot of things going on personally with me. I finally graduate college this month! May 10th will be one of my proudest days. This has been a true hurdle for me to overcome. I never thought this day would come, but here it is.

Then after graduation I will be getting married on May 21st! I’m so excited for this date. We have been planning for so long now, and it seems as nothing is finished. We are still putting the finishing touches on everything from the music selection, to the bridesmaids’ shoes, to the entertainment for the reception. We are cutting it close, but I know whatever we come up with it will be amazing!

So if it seems I have neglected updating my blog the past few weeks, then I apologize to all my readers. I’m still trying to get into the swing of things with everything going on around me right now! I do want to update you on a couple of things coming up in the near future!

 My new likes and find
  A Rembrandt giveaway
          New movie news from Disney
 And so much more!!

I do have so much more to come and I hope that you all will share in what’s to come with me!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Whats your Method?

If you know me, or you have been following my blog you would know I love my clothes to smell fresh and clean after they have been washed! Don’t get me wrong, I know that they are clean, but I love to have the fresh laundry scent to reassure me ((smile)).  I was ecstatic to know I was chosen to do a review of Method Laundry detergent.  I have heard so many good things about them like it’s a smarter, easier, and greener product.
·      Smarter – one 20 oz. bottle can tackle 50 loads of laundry with a quarter of the dose of leading brands.
·      Easier – the precision-dosing pump can be used with one hand and prevents over usage.
·      Greener – method’s laundry detergent is made with 95% natural and renewable ingredients in a recyclable bottle.

 To help get the word out about Method they are having a contest for all their fans!
  Laundry Room Love is a crowdsourced music video that spreads the word about method’s amazing laundry detergent by having all their fans participate! See below on how to enter:
1.  We want fans of method to grab their webcams.
2 Between April 4th and April 15th, we want them to visit Facebook, “Like” the method page and watch the how-to video on how to submit their own Laundry Room Love video. (See embed code, links and photo below!)
3. The first 200 submissions will be featured in our music video and receive a free bottle of method laundry detergent. Everyone who watches our how-to video will get a $2 redeemable coupon for the laundry detergent
4. We will launch the final crowdsourced video and thank people for sharing and watching by offering another $2 coupon.
It’s a win-win! If that isn’t enough he is More!!
Comment below what you like best about Method, If you haven’t tried it tell me why you would like too!
For 3 extra entries, if you enter the contest please post a link to your video! I would love to check them all out!! 

This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media.I was offered this product in exchange for my review, Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ji Ga Zo Puzzle Review

The new revolution in puzzles is now here. With Ji Ga Zo Puzzle you are able to take your face and apply it to a puzzle. But this is not an ordinary puzzle. You are actually building the puzzle from scratch. What you do is you get a CD that you load onto your computer and you upload a picture of your choice. Now this part to me is tricking because you have to choose a picture that would turn out. You don't want anything with to much going on. The picture I used was a simple head shot of my daughter. I couldn't get any other picture to turn out just right.

Now after you get your picture uploaded you simple print out a key that has different shapes and symbols on it. From there you match the shaded interlocking pieces to build your custom puzzle. The puzzle is very time consuming. I loved the idea of it, but it was harder to keep my kids attention with it. The age is from 8 and up, but I think it may be suitable for a higher age group. While making the puzzle it did come to mind, that thus would make an awesome present for someone once finished.

I was sent these products by a PR firm for review purposes. I was not paid to do this review, nor does it alter my view on the product. As always, my reviews are with my honest thoughts and opinions. If you have any questions about this review please

Another Family Game Night! Hasbro Review/Giveaway

If you are like me you are always on the lookout for ways to keep your family entertained and at the same time being able to spend time together.  I’m a big fan of Hasbro games, because they strive to do just that. I was thrilled when asked if I would like to review Scrabble Flash. I have never been big on Scrabble, because I’m the world worst when it comes to spelling. I have found with Scrabble Flash it’s more than that. With Scrabble Flash, not only is there a spelling aspect to the game it’s also a challenge within a challenge. I can remember sitting for hours playing Scrabble with my family, and now it seems impossible to keep my children’s attention. With Scrabble Flash I don’t have that problem. Like the original Scrabble you are trying to compose words, but the trick is you only have five letters and a short amount of time to come up with the word.  This game brings the excitement to Scrabble that younger kids might not find in the regular Scrabble board game. If you are looking for your next game to add to your family game night, then I suggest grabbing Scrabble Flash!

To help ensure that FAMILY GAME NIGHT is fun and carefree, Hasbro and TOMBSTONE® Pizza are teaming up this month to give you FREE (up to $7.01) TOMBSTONE Pizza with the purchase of a new game. For a limited time, pick up ANY Hasbro game at your local retailer, then visit the "Special Offer" tab at to download a mail in offer form to receive a coupon for a FREE (up to $7.01) TOMBSTONE Pizza. Whether you choose MONOPOLY or SCRABBLE, Original or Garlic Bread, head to your local retailer before this offer ends on April 30. Visit us at or on Facebook for more information and full offer details.

Now for the fun part the Giveaway. Hasbro is giving one of my lucky readers a Scrabble Flash!

Mandatory entry: YOU HAVE TO BE A GFC (google friend connect) Follower! Also comment what your favorite Hasbro game is!
Extra Entries: Make a comment for each entry!
(2) entries: Share this Giveaway: Please post like!
Follow one or all of the following  (1) entry for each:
My Twitter: @Sweetnkky
Like Me on Facebook: Sweet Life By Nicole

Family Game Night:
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I was sent these products by a PR firm for review purposes. I was not paid to do this review, nor does it alter my view on the product. As always, my reviews are with my honest thoughts and opinions. If you have any questions about this review please
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