About Me

Im a Stay at home mother of 6 children. Myrissa is age 20, Jacub is 18, Victorea is 16, Whitnee is 12, Kirk is 9 and Alivia is 4. We are also getting ready to adopt again! Our sweet new girl is Jessica and is 17!Our newest household addition is Lexee, she is 2 years old. We also have quite a few kids who call us Mom and Dad. My husband is studying for the ministry. We are a very busy family. I want to make sure all you other busy moms, dads, ladies and gents out there get the deals I do. If you would like me to do a review and or giveaway, I'd be happy to share your product with my readers. Contact me for more information. fivelilbassintow@yahoo.com (Please note that most of my email replies go to spam folders so if you contact me and don't hear back, this could be why, please check your spam folder for my reply) You should also check out my co bloggers, if you have a chance. Nicole does book reviews and Jeffrey does outdoor related review, fishing, camping and outdoors.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Snack Taxi Review and Giveaway

Do you go on a lot of outings? Fishing? Camping? Picnics? Our family does and we always have too much trash. Not too good for the environment. We have been trying a few different options for this problem. We have tried BPA free biodegradable baggies and more. The only problem is, that with biodegradable baggies still leave lots of trash.

About their company
Our mission here at snackTAXI is to make high quality, affordable reusable bags that empower everyone to reduce waste, while embracing business practices that respect our community, environment, and Earth.

I invented the first snackTAXI way back in 2003 as a way to stem the tide of plastic ziplock bags that flowed from our house to the landfill when our 3 kids started school! We were packing over 500 lunches every year, and had definitely fallen prey to the easy appeal of the ziplock baggie.

snackTAXIs are easy too - really! They are made in our rural Massachusetts workshop by talented (and fun!) local sewers - we are committed to keeping our business local, and will never outsource our labor.

We hope you'll enjoy using snackTAXIs as much as we enjoy making them!

Erin Kelly-Dill, Owner

I think it is really neat that this company recognizes the gluten free community. Some of their bags are made with a label that says gluten free.

The snack bags are 6" W x 4.5" H and cost $7.95 each. You can fit so many things in these bags. Big chunks of rice crispie treats, cookies, crackers and a cut up sandwich. So many uses and they have so many designs for you to choose from!

They also carry sandwich sacks. These are 7.5" W x 6" H $8.95 each. these will even fit a bagel.

This company doesn't just carry the reusable baggies, it carries reusable napkins, sporks and lunch bags. Great to provide less trash. Just take them home, rinse them out and reuse.

Snack Taxi has 4 snack sacks that help benefit certain organizations. I think it is great to provide products that help communities and people in need.

Snack Taxi has been in business since 2003.

They do not sell these anywhere in Missouri but they do have a ot of places that they do. To check out if there is one near you http://www.snacktaxi.com/retail-locations.html

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Five Lil Bass In Tow was not monetarily compensated for this review. I received a couple items to test out and post my honest review.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Glow Bug Diaper Review and Giveaway

There are so many different cloth diaper companies out there. Glow Bug is a cloth diaper company that sells their cloth diapers in a bulk amount. Their diapers come in 12 pk of either boys or girls designs with 18 cloth inserts.
•Each set of 12 diapers are packaged in a free wet bag!!!
•Two sets of cross-over snaps through the waist band for a perfect fit around newborn tummies
•Double rows of snaps with square tabs for a trim fit through the hip
•2 hip snaps to prevent "wing droop"
•Four size settings fitting babies from birth through potty training (7lbs-35lbs)
•Coordinating coloured snaps for every print
•Waterproof flaps in the front and the back of each diaper to prevent leaks
•Double gusset through the leg for an extra barrier of protection
•NEW SlimDry™ fabric keeps baby’s skin dry without the bulk
•Two openings in the pocket makes it easier to get the absorbent inset in and out
•Snap-in inserts to keep it in place while baby’s on the move

$150 each set

or 6 pk gender neutral for $75.

The best detergent to use on cloth diapers are Little Love Buns or Rockin Green

Preparing the Diapers before Use

We recommend washing and machine drying the diapers and inserts before you use them to remove any residue from the manufacturing and shipping process.

Make sure you are using Rockin Green Detergent or another non-residue soap for prepping the diapers. Please note that “natural” or “eco-friendly” detergents do not mean that they are good for cloth diapers! The detergent must be one that leaves no residue and suitable for your type of water. The only brand we trust 100% is Rockin Green and you can find it here, at many local baby boutiques where cloth diapers are sold and online.

Do not use any bleach, liquid softeners, dryer sheets, dryer bars or natural oils while washing and drying the diapers.

I love that it has the removable insert. Some cloth diapers don't have that option. The front snaps are great to adjust the size. These diapers should fit babies to potty trained. That is great! No changing sizes every couple months. We still buy disposable diapers but I love having my cloth diapers. We spend around $40 a month on disposable diapers. But if we had of started out buying cloth diapers when we brought the baby home I can't even begin to explain how much money we would have saved. This would save your pocket book every month. I think everyone should try cloth diapers for at least 1 month. I think it would change your outlook.

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Smoobee Brush Review and Giveaway

Does this look like your house? My girls hate their hair brushed by anyone but themselves. The Smoobee is not like any of these plastic brushes. This is nice hard wood. It isn't heavy though. My neice screams every time a brush even gets brought out into her sight. I brought this brush out to use it on her and she started screaming. "NO, AUNT TRACEE"!! So I started telling her that it was not a regular brush it was a special brush that was made so that she wouldn't hurt. Here is a picture of her getting ready for church and she has the brush. She was combing her own hair and even has a smile on her face.

See how happy she is? This is not normal for this child when a brush is around. Having the right brush makes a world of difference. Smoobee was uniquely designed to effectively brush through hair without snagging or catching. It works! It’s great for straight hair, wavy hair, and curly hair. For intensely curly hair, it will still take much effort but at least Smoobee can make it fun.

We have a lifetime warranty and a 100% refund no questions asked policy. So give Smoobee a try and see how the magic works!

Looking for a certain color? The Smoobee comes in pink, purple and turquoise. They have made these brushes to fit into a little kids hand. They decided that it would be a great idea for the child to be able to design their brush. So you can buy the stuff to bedazzle your brush. Smoobee can be decorated the more kids can customize their hairbrush, the more they are likely to brush their own hair. So let them BEDAZZLE their Smoobee with beautiful gem stickers and watch them fall in love! Gem stickers are sold separately.

Each Smoobie is around $20. If you are wanting to buy the Smoobee with the stickers those cost around $23 each. Your daughter will be happy to have this brush!

Check out their website

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Five Lil Bass In Tow was not monetarily compensated for this review. I received 1 pink Smoobie brush to test and then post my honest review.

Professor Child film Children and Grief Review

This video is not just a documentary. It is children speaking to children about how grief has effected them.

Some of the children have lost a dad. Some have log siblings. Some have lost grandparents. But each one grieving in their own way.

Have your children lost someone and you didn't know how to tell them? Or you told them and it was just too over their heads? This can happen. We are grieving along with them. Sometimes we don't remember that our kids are young and need us to be there for them. I truly believe that sometimes kids learn better from other kids than they do from adults. But each child is different and each grieving process is different.

If your child is grieving I would sit them down and watch this with them. This is a 40 minute video or courageous children telling you their story. This is good for grades K-12 to watch. It costs $34.99 for the film and they have a free workbook that includes over 40 pages of exercises that go with the film. You can go to www.professorchild.com

I loved that almost every child spoke about their family member going to Heaven or being in Heaven. That really speaks to me that this film is great for our child library. I think I will be donating it to them after I write this review.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Cool Gear Review and Giveaway

Check out Cool Gear for all your travel and cup needs. They sell Chillers, Travel Mugs, food storage, lunch boxes and so much more. They even carry products that you can customize! I hate buying a product and a piece of it gets lost and you can't find a replacement for that piece anywhere. Guess what? This company carries the replacement parts. That is so smart of a company to do that. Great for picnics and special outings. They also carry children's products.


These 14 oz Double Wall Razor travel cups cost $7.99.
Detailed Description:
•BPA Free
•Insulates hot or cold
•Spill proof
•Graphic band
•Top shelf dishwasher safe
•Available in 4 colors
These come in green, brown, pink and purple. Each one though has a cute pattern. Both of these cups that I received were great for on the go. Neither one of them leaked. I am truly glad I found this company. I plan on buying my cups from them again. I love that I can use this one for hot or cold drinks. If I take hot chocolate with me this is perfect! These are ok to wash on the top rack of the dishwasher but I am so picky about things like this so I wash these by hand. I got the pink one and the design hasn't washed off or anything which is great! These cups were definitely made to last. Plus since these are from an online company not everyone has one, so you are unique.


Each 20oz Chiller costs $10.99. They come in blue, orange, pink and green.
Product description:
•BPA Free
•Double wall construction

•Non-toxic freezer gel keeps drink cold
•TPR band

•Top shelf dishwasher safe
•Freeze cup in upright position

I LOVE my chiller that was sent to me. I am never without a cup. But I go through the ice to keep my drinks cold all day long. This is great though. I put it in the freezer for a couple hours and out comes a chilled cup. I still add ice to keep it extra cold but really you don't need to. Plus my hands don't freeze due to the rubber grip holder on the outside of the cup. Yes, it's not just there so your cup doesn't drop. The colors are so bright, you will not miss your cup. I am glad to be able to help advertise these cups. They are made with a really strong plastic. I have not dropped and don't really plan to so can't say whether they are drop proof, But with as sturdy as they feel they just might hold up from a drop. The company has 16oz and 20 oz Chillers. All between $8-$11 depending on the design and size. Some Chillers have twisty straws, some have graphics, and some have the gel that freezes.
My husband and my comment on buying things is "You get what you pay for" We do not buy the stuff from say the dollar store. It falls apart quickly. This company helps you get the good and sturdy products without breaking the pocket book! All of their products are very reasonably priced.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

What's Your ISTA? Review and Giveaway

Do you have something that you do that stands out to people? My sister in law collects books, she always has a new one. They have a shirt that says Book-ISTA, it definitely defines her.

If these unique shirts were for boys I would totally get my son the Zombie-ISTA.
My husband loves Bacon. Boy they have the best shirt for him too

All teens need this one:

Ok, so are you a Twilight fan? I am and guess that they have/had

Their shirts run to an XXL in some. The rest up to XL. Each shirt runs about $21.99.

All shirts are made with 100% ringspun cotton.

The shirt we received was a strong material. Not a flimsy cheap shirt. I was pleased with the weight of it. My daughter loves her shirt. I did not get her Drama-ISTA for acting. I got her the shirt because I always call her my drama queen. We have gotten a few comments on it when we go out. All comments have been about what a great idea this is!

You really should check them out! This would make a great birthday, Mother's Day or Christmas gifts.

So while reading this have you figured out What's Your Ista??

Their website


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MN8 Review and Giveaway

mn8 is a small, powerful, drug free magnetic device, which attaches discreetly to your underwear.

Every month simply attach your mn8 to your under clothes in the pelvic area at least a day before and during menstruation.

So I was very skeptical about this product. Come on most of us take motrin, heating pads, pamprin and other pain and pms aids just to get rid of period pain. How is a little pink plastic object with a magnet attached going to help with this pain? I decided since it wasn't that time of the month when I received this I would have to wait. The next day I got one of my migraines. I was in pretty bad shape so my husband suggested that if this can help with period pain why not head pain. He stuck it on the back of my shirt near the tag and sent me to spend some time in bed. This did not take away the migraine but did seem to make a dramatic dent in the pain.
Finally, the other day I was able to use this for what it was intended for. I just stuck the magnets together in the underwear. Very easy to do. Then wore it for jut a few hours and the pain truly was gone. I do not believe that all women have the same pain. I have seen some women bed ridden in extreme pain for the first day. On the flip side I have seen some lucky women who have no pain. To those women you are blessed! To those of us not so lucky women this might be your answer. There are 3 of us in my house who can use this. I have been the only one to test this so far. But it worked for me.
We also believe that wearing mn8 may also boost your body naturally, giving you softer skin, shiny hair and stronger nails. Other benefits may include, a reduction in water retention or bloating, less facial spots and breast tenderness. Even a reduction in PMS
Can you honestly say you couldn't try this?
$45 plus shipping. If this could take away your pain month after month than don't you think it's worth it? I do!

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Impressive results from an extended consumer survey involving over 500 women.

Reported significant benefits:
Less hot flashes and night sweats
Less bloating
Easier and more restful sleep
More confidence
Better controlled emotions
Increased energy
Improved libido

Ladycare is an ideal choice for women who are looking for a safe and natural way to manage menopause. Take control of your body and live life to the full!

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Five Lil Bass In Tow was not monetarily compensated for this review. I received 1 MN8 for period pain to test and then post my honest review

Motorworks Wooden Car Giveaway

With having two boys in the house it definite that they will love cars and they do! I have more cars piled in a tub than I can count.  Manhattan Toys makes a line of build-able and customize-able wooden cars that my four  year old son loves!

MOTORWORKS is the only line of customize-able wooden toy vehicles, accessories and play sets. MOTORWORKS vehicles have an amazingly detailed body of European Beech wood, married with a durable, convertible chassis and snap on custom accessories. All this offers an exciting new concept in realistically styled wooden vehicles that are tons of fun and offer the full experience of customize-able vehicle play.

The MOTORWORKS collection includes three different trim levels: 

Street Series

 Speed Series 

 Extreme Series

Built for infinite possibilities, these vehicles are uniquely designed with a common, convertible chassis and durable vehicle parts that can customize any vehicle in the line! Key add-ons include ground effects, custom wheels, side pipes and spoilers for easy snap-fit onto any vehicle’s chassis. Custom car decals are durable and reposition-able, allowing vehicles to go from street to extreme! Turn a snazzy coupe into a monster vehicle in the blink of an eye, or turn a low-riding street rod into a police cruiser with just a quick swap-out!

With so many mix and match elements that work across the full range of vehicles, MOTORWORKS will mean hours of fast-paced, creative play and fun for everyone in the family. With a complete world of creative vehicle fun at hand, MOTORWORKS is on track to be an instant classic with a decidedly collectable vibe! Experience MOTORWORKS…driven by fun

These wooden cars were a hit with Caden and he was able to figure out how to customize it pretty quicky! Below is a short video of Caden in action.

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What's Your Ista? Giveaway

Marlee is a school guidance counselor and a designer, who wants to save the world and make it more beautiful at the same time (peaceista). Amy is a special education teacher, who is a self-described word nerd (wordista or nerdista?) who loves the idea of creating new words with a clever sounding suffix. Between us, we have 5 children to put through college, I mean, who we are raising. Marlee and Amy have been friends since they met in the "transfer student" line at Clemson University in 1986.
Our kids are tennisista, zombieista, spikeista, artista, and pizza-ista (which is just fun to say—try it).
How It All Started
Dig if you will this picture, over a glass or 2 of the house merlot, we lamented the current state of the economy and our husbands' job prospects. Someone said something like “Forget fashionista, I’m a recessionista.” Next thing you know, we are all throwing out other ista ideas. We got to thinking that it would be fun to create Ista T-shirts.
Part of our mission is to be generous with others. We know that many organizations have been suffering from a lack of donations. We know that passionate people like our customers will have their own pet charities. We want our customers to suggest charities and we will donate a portion of our profits.

your ista? What’s your “thing”? What’s your favorite things to do? Mine are without
a doubt coffee, books and my GS dog Buckshot. 
So when I got the opportunity to try and review What’s Your Isata I was ecstatic!
have three kids and if I had to guess they are Art-ista, Game-ista and Book-ista.
Your Ista?
am most comfy in jeans and a t-shirt 99% of the time.  I have to dress up for work so when I get
home it is time to chill.  This t-shirts
are comfy! I did the dryer test and they stood up well to that as well, let’s
all face it we don’t have time to pluck out all the “no dryer” t-shirts.  With the What’s-Your Ista t-shirt it was
durable, comfy and the lettering stays on after the wash cycles. My kiddos use
to do soccer and the t-shirts you got from them were so uncomfortable, these
are NOT!  
T-shirts would be great for soccer teams, youth groups or even just you wanting
to express what your ista is.  My ista is
clearly BOOKS. I love books, I love to read books and even when I am finished
reading the book I have a hard time getting rid of it. So I chose BOOK-ISTA!

receiving my t-shirt I have been stopped in walmart and at the gas station
asking me where I got my t-shirt.  Of
course I pointing them in the direction of What’s Your Ista at: http://www.whatsyourista.com/.  
are just a few of the choices they have…they have a ton. You can surely find
one to suit your ISTA!
You can also find them on Facebook at:
So What's Your Ista? I know I have asked a few times..LOL Here is your chance to win your very own What's Your Ista t-shirt!!
Heres what you have to do:
Like What's your Ista on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter! Then you need to tell me in the comments what your ISTA is! Sound cool?...Lets do it!

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Thank you for entering. XoXo NikiRayven


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Post Game Review and Giveaway

Post Game is a company that specializes in Body washes, shampoos and 3-in-1 washes for the athletes in your life. Post Game Body Wash comes in 6 different sports. Football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey. Each bottle cost $6.95 for 8 oz. Each one is a light blue color and smells really clean. My son is a 6ft 1 inch tall football player. We received baseball to test and he still smelled really good after his shower. Each one of these washes is Developed by Athletes, for Athletes.

They are made from natural products
Sulfate Free
Paraben Free
Phthalate Free
Extra Conditioner
Extra Lotion
Sport Fresh Scent

The shampoos are also $6.95 each and 8 oz. These also come in the 6 sports. Full of extra lotion and conditioner and a great sport fresh scent Postgame is truly the best product available for athletes.

The Postgame 3-in-1 wash is great for taking to school for after a game. It hits all 3 needs for them. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash in one. Each 3-in-1 is 8oz and cost $8.50 each bottle. This one is a lime green color and smells just as clean and fresh as the normal body wash. This one is for all sports no sport specific. My son has allergies to quite a bit of soaps and detergents. He did not break out with these washes. I am glad to find a wash for him with nothing to irritate his skin.

Postgame also sells their products in cases. These would be great for that school team that wants their athletes to get the best wash available.

Please check out their website
Their facebook


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Five Lil Bass In Tow was not monetarily compensated for this review. I received a couple bottles to test and to post my honest review.

Carseat Canopy Review and Giveaway

This is a perfect item for the picky mom! I looked and searched and drove myself crazy trying to find the perfect set for each of my children. I did not like any of the designs or colors that the stores had. With the 3 older children they didn't even have girly colors. It was blacks, greys, blues, and greens. But with Carseat Canopy you can choose the color and designs. You can have a unique seat.

The Whole Caboodle comes with replacement for the sun shade piece on the car seat, u shaped head support pillow, car seat bucket cover, baby lap blanket with the minky underside and cotton outer side and car seat canopy with minky side and cotton side.

I hated throwing a blanket over my children's heads. I always felt like I was going to smother them. Or if I threw the blanket over the handle I worried the blanket would fly off, and did a few times, and then the baby would get cold. This cover is made so that it gives you a way to hold the handle and still have the canopy keeping the baby warm. The inside is made of what they can minky. It is SUPER soft! The baby loves to chew on the blanket because of the soft feel. She loves it on her gums. I hope my pictures show you the softness of this cover.
I have had this set a very short time and have had a bunch of people comment on the softness and on how cute it was, and where did I find such a sweet pattern. The Whole Caboodle costs about $79.95. Just the cover is $49.95. This is the perfect buy. Do you have a car seat that needs a makeover for the new baby coming? Here is how to do that and do it a lot less than buying a new car seat.

I would love if this company would now come out with the Stroller Caboodle! So that your car seat/stroller combo can match. I think it would be sooo cute and definitely I would buy! Carseat Canopy has come up with the perfect product for your needs. They have cute boys covers also!

Please check them out at their website

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Five Lil Bass In Tow was not monetarily compensated for this review. I was sent a whole kit and caboodle to test and post my honest review.

Brothers-All-Natural Giveaway

Welcome to the Brothers-All-Natural Giveaway!

Hosted by Miss Frugal Mommy and Sponsored by Brothers-All-Natural

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"Brothers-All-Natural is proud to provide America with a healthy snack option, made from 100% fruit with no additives of any kind. Fruit Crisps are truly one of the best healthy snacks for kids and adults in the market today."

One winner will receive the Disney Sampler Pack Fruit Crisps sampler pack

You can learn more about these delicious and all natural snacks and discover a coupon code for the Brothers-All-Natural website on Miss Frugal Mommy's Review

These are yummy healthy snacks!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Blogger opportunities

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Perky Jerky Review and Giveaway

Perky Jerky has great turkey and beef jerky. There are so many different companies with so many different ways to make jerky.
These are all natural, tender pieces of jerky. I did not have to saw the pieces with my teeth or yank pull on it to separate. Very easy to chew. That is a big plus in my book. Another plus in my book is that these are low in calories, fat and carbs. These are also high in protein! Are you worried about MSG in your food? There is no MSG or preservatives. I hate it when I buy food and can't read half of these ingredients. There aren't any of those in this. There are 7 natural ingredients in the marinade for these jerky pieces. Guarana is what makes it tender. What is Guarana, you ask? Guarana is a creeping shrub native to Venezuela and northern Brazil in the Amazon rain forest. The fruit are small, bright-red, and contains black seeds.

Guarana seeds are rich in caffeine and contain up to 4-8% caffeine, more than coffee beans, which contain approximately 1–2.5% caffeine. The seeds are also rich in tannins and xanthine alkaloids theophylline and theobromine.
Greatly used in pop and energy drinks. This Perky Jerky is great for those of you who work out or sports minded people. Do you need that pick me up for your workout that is not going to drag you down? This is perfect for you!!

Definitely try them out. We love jerky here. It was nice to have a jerky to eat that was not massively high in calories. I got to eat some! There are about 10 places to buy this Perky Jerky around me. Check your area to see if you can buy it near you.

Their website is

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Five Lil Bass In Tow was not monetarily compensated for this review. I was sent 4 bags of the Perky Jerky to test and then to post my honest review.