Dream Homes – What Does Yours Look Like?

I love my little house and our little plot of land. I am grateful every day for the blessing of having a roof over my family and food to eat. That said, like everyone else I enjoy daydreaming and find it relaxing to browse through pictures of beautiful and exotic locales.

Here are a few photos of  dream homes and beautiful places that I love.




What does your dream home or luxury vacation spot look like?

1 Sol Swimwear for Women Review

1 Sol Swimwear

You may recall the below photo from our Facebook page a while back with me asking for your input on color. I simply could not decide between these two colors because they are both stunning! Well, I thought long and hard and ultimately made the decision to go with the blue…I went with blue because it looks good on pale skin and well, I have given up tanning beds and am wearing sunscreen religiously these days, so I am a little bit on the pale end of the spectrum.

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When my electric blue 1 Sol swimsuit arrived it was packaged so nicely in this sturdy box, wrapped in tissue paper, I thought that was really nice.

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Below are the 2 pieces I ordered, the Cleo Tankini Top and the Shelly Bottom. The Cleo Tankini is actually the companies best selling top as it flatters almost every body type with tummy control panels paired with beautifully draped shearing. The Shelley Bottoms are accented with a hand-polished metal slider.

cleo takini topshelly swimsuit bottoms

I absolutely love both of these. How cute is the one shoulder strapped top and the runched bottoms with the cute clip added on…LOVE THEM! They are both such fashionable pieces and do a great job at camouflaging the tummy area.

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The 1 Sol Swimwear pieces can be mixed and matched with one another. Their website has a handy bikini maker, in which I used to pick out the pieces I wanted. You can choose the amount of coverage you want ranging from minimum, moderate to full and see the available pieces and colors in each category. You can then pair them them up to see how they would each look with one another and take your pick. They have a range of items including Brazilian bikinis, moderate coverage bikinis, tankinis, monokinis and one pieces in a variety of prints and solids. The also have a very accurate sizing chart which I used to determine the size I would need. I matched up my relative size and all measurements to determine I needed a large top. The large tops fit up to size D-cups, I am B-cup and the suit fit fine in that area, it was not too large in the bust, which I had been a little worried about but it works fine.

Get ready to win your own 1 Sol Swimwear swimsuit! We are gearing up for the Summer Fun giveaway event that begins on July 8 and you guessed it…we are giving away, to 1 lucky reader, their choice of swimsuit from 1 Sol Swimwear, so find 1 Sol Swimwear on Facebook and Twitter and get ready to enter to win!


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.

Toddler Classic SWIMTRAINER Float System

My son has always been a water baby. Since the day we brought him home from the hospital he has loved baths and it has always been a way for us to calm him down when nothing else will do the trick. So, naturally he loves to swim in the summers. This summer we’ve been fortunate enough to have the SWIMTRAINER. The SWIMTRAINER is a very handy floaty for babies, toddlers and even younger kids who are learning to swim.

SwimTrainer for Toddlers

The SWIMTRAINER is different from your average floaty, though. The entire device, including the straps, is inflatable to help keep your child afloat. This floaty has a center that supports the child’s midsection, and puts them in the swimming position to aid in their learning to swim. These features along with clasps all help secure the child further and prevent them from slipping off the floaty.

Toddlers Swim Safety Float Device


>>Ideal swimming position in the water
>>Fast and easy to put on with clip fastener
>>Inflatable pads to prevent slipping through
>>Adjustable safety belt to prevent tipping forwards

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The swim trainer is super easy to use. It doesn’t take long to inflate it, usually I am horrible at blowing up pool floaties (I guess I’m not so full of hot air), but this one blew up in a cinch. You simply put your child’s head through the inflated straps, fasten the clips at the back:

SwimTrainer for Toddlers

My son really enjoyed being able to float around on the SWIMTRAINER, like I said he loves the water and was totally content in this floaty the entire time we were at the pool.

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Here is a helpful SWIMTRAINER Instructional video, showing you exactly how it works:

The SWIMTRAINER comes in the following sizes:

>>Approximately 13-40 lbs
>>Helps a little one get comfortable in the water
>>Helps teach correct leg movements

SWIMTRAINER “Classic” Orange
>>Approximately 33-65 lbs
>>Helps teach correct arm and leg movements

SWIMTRAINER “Classic” Yellow
>>Approximately 45-80 lbs
>>Helps transition a child to swimming without any floatation device


Buy it: Purchase the SWIMTRAINER at ThanksMama.com

Thanksmama.com is family owned and operated natural baby store. They offer a great selection of cloth
diapering products, potty training pants, swim diapers, natural baby care products, baby carriers, bibs,
toys, nursery furniture and bedding, strollers and much more. They look for innovative products that are
good for the baby and the environment and they never forget that most families are on a budget. That’s
why Thanks Mama offers the Lowest Prices, Free Shipping on orders over $60 within USA, 90 days easy
returns; Buy Safe Guarantee and Price Guarantee. Thanks Mama does ship worldwide!

Find SWIMTRAINER and Thanks Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and their Blog

Win It: Enter our giveaway and WIN a SWIMTRAINER, giveaway ends June 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.


Summer Solstice: Swimtrainer Give Away

We are excited to be a part of the 2012 Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! We have teamed up with over 80 bloggers to provide some amazing prizes to start the summer!

This event will run from June 18-24, 2012 and hopefully you’ll be able to find (and win!) some great summer prizes, which will help you at the beach, BBQ, or backyard fun in the sun! Each of our giveaways features a prize value minimum of $25.00 and there is plenty of time to hop down the entire list!

Our giveaway is the SWIMTRAINER, it is the perfect swimming device for babies, toddlers and younger children (ranging from approximately 13-80 lbs).

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below, this giveaway is open to residents Worldwide, 18 and up! This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on June 24th.

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Enter to win the Grand Prizes and let them know that Howard House Reviews is the blog that referred you!

*The Grand Prize packages include:

#1- $150.00 PayPal CASH (WORLDWIDE)
#2 – Sterling Silver Father’s Day Photo Dog Tag (w/20 inch Sterling Silver Box Chain) – $130.00 value (US/CANADA)
#3 – (3 winners!) 1000 Places To See Before You Die (US/CAN) – $20 value/each

The hop down the list for more great summer prizes!

Voda Swim Envy Push Up Swimwear Review

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I always have trouble finding a swimsuit that I am completely happy with and usually end up settling. Not this year though! I discovered Voda Swim Envy Swimwear. They have flattering swimsuits for ladies and each top has unique push up padding designed especially for swimming. I ordered the following adjustable swim skirt and push up Shirred Tankini top

takini push up support

adjustable swim skirt

I found the website’s fit guide very helpful when trying to choose the size of swimsuit I would need. I am a 36B (in between A/B actually, but always go with a B cup), and my dress size in an 8, so I went with a large in both the padded takini top and the swim skirt bottoms. Both pieces fit perfectly and I love the way the suit looks on.

ladies swimwear review

The best feature of the swimsuit is the padded bust area that provides push up support. Below are some comparison photo’s, in the first picture I am wearing a regular tankini top and in the second photo I have on the push up swimsuit from Voda Swim Envy.

Before and After Push Up Swimwear TopBefore and After Push Up Swimwear Top

My old regular takini top actually has a little bit of padding in it as well, but not much and it never offered the support that the Voda padded swimsuit top does. I was never that impressed with the way the padding of my old top would bunch up, slide around and absorb water when swimming. The Voda padding doesn’t do that, it stays in places, doesn’t wrinkle or bunch up and doesn’t absorb so much water. This padded swimwear top maintains its shape and fit throughout swimming. Since I have a smaller bust area the Voda Swim Envy top helps fill out the area and accentuate what is there.

Discount: Right now you can get a 10% discount on Voda Push Up Swimwear when you use the code HHRSUMMER.

Find Voda Swim Envy on Facebook and Twitter, too.

We will be giveaway a Voda Swim Envy Swimsuit in just a few days as a part of the Sunsational Summer Giveaway, don’t miss it!


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.

Summer Backyard Blast Giveaway Event


Welcome to the Summer Backyard Blast Giveaway Hop! Our giveaway package has a total value of $70, is open to US residents, 18 and up only and it includes:

Essential Swimwear Giveaway

Read our Essential Swimwear review and see which Swimsuit I chose to rock.

Sunglasses giveaway

Read our Sunglass Warehouse review to see which pair I’ve been wearing.

One winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Essential Swimwear and a $20 gift certificate to Sunglass Warehouse. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below:

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Don’t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway sponsored by TruKid, Imperial Toy, and an amazing group of bloggers how want to make your summer a blast! You have the opportunity to win a wagon, water table, kid-friendly skincare package from TruKid, and a variety of bubble and water toys from Imperial Toy! Please note that the Grand Prize GIveaway is only open to US residents.

TruKid aims to encourage a healthy, well rounded lifestyle. By combining all natural skincare with fun and education, TruKid cultivates a relationship between healthy habits and being a kid.
Imperial Toy is the worldwide leader in the sale and manufacture of Bubbles and Novelty Toys. At Imperial, the Mission is to be First in Fun!


Disclosure: Howard House Reviews, Formula Mom, Tales From the Nursery, The Maven of Social Media, and the Summer Backyard Blast bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes.

Summer Splash Event: Noblo Review & Giveaway Package

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Welcome to Summer Splash hosted by Life With Two Boys, With Our Best, and Bella So Savvy! This event begins on May 14, 2012 at 12:01am EST and will end on May 27, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.


For this event we are featuring the noblo Umbrella Buddy. The noblo acts as a convenient and safe umbrella anchor preventing your beach umbrella’s from being carried off by the wind. You simply fill the noblo bag with sand once you get to the beach, then attach it’s handy velcro strap to your umbrella.


Great Features of the Noblo Umbrella Buddy Company

  • Affordable, the noblo retails for $14.99
  • Packaged in Eatontown, NJ by CVR;  a local non-profit organization that hires mentally and physically handicapped individuals
  • Portion of each bag sold to be donated  to USLA – United States Lifesaving Association
  • Invented by moms
  • It’s super easy to use
  • Available in yellow, prink, turquoise, blue, black, and bright green

Learn more about the noblo umbrella buddy and how it is used.


Our  SummerSplash Package includes a noblo in the color of winner’s choice and a tube of True Natural’s All Natural Sunscreen ($19.95), making our prize pack valued at $34.94. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18+. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below:

prize pack

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Over 100 blogs have come together to bring you some amazing prizes to help you kick off your summer… with a SPLASH! Each blog is giving away at least $25 worth of prizes, plus we have an awesome grand prize for one very lucky winner. Be sure to hop along to each of the participating blogs because the more giveaways you enter, the more chances you have at winning the Grand Prize!

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So what’s this Grand Prize we’re talking about? Thanks to Kid’s Creations one very lucky winner is going to win a Two Ring Adventure Playset valued at $3,598! Made from the highest quality Redwood and loaded with fun activities, this swing set is sure to make this summer one to remember! (Please note that the grand prize is only open to residents of the Continental United States and does not include assembly/installation.)


Disclaimer: Please note that the Summer Splash hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prize. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make every effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize. I also received one the noblo free of charge for this giveaway hop.