Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop

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I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who stops by weekly to link up.. I have decided to take a little break from hosting the hop until after the craziness of the holidays.. See you in the new year!

Guest Post: 10 Crafty Ways to Beat Winter Boredom This New Year

There is nothing worse than a day with your kids cooped up inside the house without any plans. Though sometimes it may seem full of endless opportunities, some individuals still feel boredom. And certainly, kids feel the same way too.

Researches show that kids lose up to sixty percent of their school learning without stimulation. Boredom causes “brain drain”. Hence, keep your kid’s mind busy all year round. Plan some encouraging and imaginative plays to help your kids overcome boredom.

Seizing your kid’s attention does not have to be an expensive vacation or activity. One free tool that you can use to beat boredom is imagination. Anytime of the year is a great time to encourage kids to use their imagination and let it soar.

Here are 10 ideas that parents can be use to keep their kid’s minds active all year round:

1. Beat the Boredom Jar
Meet up with your kids and make a listing of activities that the entire family enjoys doing as one. Persuade your kids to share their ideas. Their participation in generating and creating ideas will make them feel more involved in the activity. Write down all the ideas that everyone come up with on small sheets of paper. And then as a group, choose which ones go in the jar. Allow your kids to decorate and mark the jar as the family’s “boredom Buster Jar.” Everyone in the family can pull one idea out of the jar to beat boredom blues anytime of the year.

2. Stories Alive
One significant way to keep your kid’s minds busy is through reading. Finding a way to bring the story to life makes reading even more fun. For instance, Alice McLerran’s book “Roxaboxen” when read to children, they start to create a make-believe town out of their imaginations by using rocks and boxes. Read a story book to your kids and challenge them to bring it to life by using any materials that can be found in your backyard.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cuddle Barn Animated Plush Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I have always loved animated plush animals.. They're super cute and make a wonderful gift for any occasion. Cuddle Barn has been a leading designer and manufacturer of plush creations for over 30 years. Their only mission is "putting a smile on your face" which their adorable animated plush animals are sure to do!


We recently received their animated Beaver to review. This little guy is so cute, he's dressed similar to Justin Bieber (microphone and all) and sings his song "Baby". My boys are familiar with the song since it's always on the radio so they love being able to sing along with the Beaver.

See the Beaver in action in the video below:



Along with the Beaver, Cuddle Barn also offers tons of other really cute animated plush animals including Bundee the Stork, Baking Betty, Jailhouse Johnny, and Holly Jolly Santa to name a few. Animated plush animals would make a wonderful baby shower, Valentine's, Birthday, or "Just Because" gift for your loved ones. You can purchase the Beaver today for $29.99.

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The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 DVD Review

The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 
Available on DVD Today!

Synopsis: This half-hour animated comedy series starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck is no longer confined to 7-minute shorts. Bugs and Daffy are out of the woods and living in the suburbs among such colorful neighbors as Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. In addition to each episode’s main story, The Looney Tunes Show also features “cartoons within a cartoon.” The Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian and other classic characters sing original songs in two-minute music videos called Merrie Melodies . The legendary Looney Tunes cartoons are getting a 21st century relaunch and a CGI overhaul for a new generation. 4 new episodes on DVD for the first time.



Our Thoughts: I grew up watching Looney Tunes and am so thrilled to be able to share these favorites with my boys. Looney Tunes offers fun and crazy antics that children (and adults) of all ages are sure to love. From Bugs and Daffy to Sylvester and Tweety there is never a dull moment when it comes to Looney Tunes. I can pop in this movie and my boys will sit and watch the whole thing, which doesn't happen too often! I would definitely recommend The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 to anyone who grew up loving Looney Tunes as much as I did.

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Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the DVD mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop- CherryWalls Decal Giveaway *Closed*


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The day after Christmas sometimes feels like a letdown. 
All that preparation, then BAM it's over. 
You're left with a hundred boxes and three garbage bags of torn paper. 
Didn't get what you wanted? You're not alone. 
This will cheer you up! 

The Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and co-hosted by Going Crazy! Wanna Go? runs from December 26 @ 12:01 a.m. EST to December 30 @ 11:59 p.m. EST. Each blog on the linky list below has a giveaway worth at least $20.00. You can hop from blog to blog and enter to win prizes on every single one! 
Good luck and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win an Owls on a branch vinyl wall decal from CherryWalls.


CherryWalls offers a very wide variety of vinyl wall decals, all of which can be customized in your choice of colors. I was sent a Butterflies wall decal from CherryWalls to review. With so many color options I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to go with so I told Veronica, owner of CherryWalls, to surprise me. She chose to go with soft pink, which is more like a bubblegum pink, and I love them. I just got them a couple days ago and haven't had the chance to get them on the walls yet but they're going to look perfect in our downstairs bathroom!

Offering everything from nursery decals, kids room decals, monograms, trees, flowers, and other wall decor, CherryWalls is sure to have something for everyone! Prices are reasonable and Veronica is such a pleasure to work with. Stop by CherryWalls today and check out all of their adorable wall decals.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop (week 20)



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Welcome to blogging buddies thursday blog hop hosted by Life With Two Boys!

Sorry I'm a little late at getting the hop posted this week.. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

I'd love for you to spread the word about this hop by adding the blog hop button to your blog, tweeting about it, and/or "liking" this post.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No Nonsense Leggings Review


Everyone knows that No Nonsense makes tights for little girls and pantyhose for women but I was very surprised to learn that No Nonsense also makes leggings and shapewear as well.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a pair of No Nonsense leggings and decided to go with the black cotton ones. These leggings are super comfy and fashionable at the same time. I think what I love most about these leggings is that you can dress them down with a tee and sneakers or dress them up with a sweater and a pair of boots.


Along with the cotton leggings, No Nonsense also offers corduroy leggings, skinny jeans leggings, and even capri leggings for the warmer months. You can purchase the cotton leggings for $12.99, the skinny jeans leggings for $24.99, and the capri leggings for $9.99.

Be sure to "like No Nonsense on Facebook and they will donate a pair of socks to a family in need in your name as part of their Socks for America program!

Disclosure: I was provided with the product(s) mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Review


Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Available on Blu-ray and DVD today!

Synopsis: In ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS, America’s favorite arctic herd is busy decorating for the holiday season. In his rush to help, Sid destroys Manny’s favorite decorations. Manny is so upset he convinces Sid he is now on Santa’s naughty list. Sid, Crash, Eddie, and Peaches take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa. Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie, and Diego worry over Peaches’ safety and race to find her. Back at the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa’s Workshop on Christmas Eve, and it’s up to these newfound friends to orchestrate a Christmas miracle.

Our Thoughts: Like many families we have a tradition of watching holiday movies throughout the month of December, leading up to Christmas. It really helps us get into the Christmas spirit, not to mention we love to watch movies that we haven't seen since the year before. Well this year we have added Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas into our line-up of holiday movies. My boys are huge fans of all of the Ice Age movies so they were thrilled when this new Ice Age movie arrived!

If you have Ice Age fans, or even if you're just looking for a new holiday movie to watch, you should definitely consider adding Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas to your list. It's cute, funny, and most of all it's a great movie to watch as a family! You can order the Blu-ray today for only $8.49 at Amazon.com.

"Like" Ice Age on Facebook to see exclusive sneak peeks of Ice Age: Continental Drift coming to theaters Summer 2012.

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas on DVD for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Etsy Review and Giveaway: Betty Cakes Mason Jar Cupcakes *Closed*


I had never tried mason jar cupcakes before but always heard such rave reviews about them so I was more than thrilled when Betty Cakes sent me a few of their holiday ones to review. Not familiar with mason jar cupcakes? Well they're pretty much just that.. Cupcakes in mason jars! Betty Cakes takes a half-pint mason jar and puts in a layer of cupcake, a layer of frosting, another layer of cupcake, and another layer of frosting, then adds some pretty sprinkles and a lid. It's a fun new way to eat cupcakes.

I was sent 3 flavors of mason jar cupcakes including their eggnog, winter wonderland, and blue velvet cupcakes. I'm a HUGE fan of eggnog so I was super excited to give that one a try. It is recommended to eat them at room temperature so that's what I did at first, then I also read somewhere that they're really good if you warm them in the microwave so (of course) I had to try it that way too and that was definitely my favorite way! The cupcake was super moist and the frosting was ooey and gooey.


Even though I really wanted to eat them all to myself I decided to share the other 2 flavors with my family. Brayden and Trevor ate the winter wonderland ones and said they were the best cupcakes ever. My husband, Nate, dug into the blue velvet cupcake and although he was skeptical at first, he seemed to really enjoy it. Overall we give Betty Cakes mason jar cupcakes a big thumbs up!

Kung Fu Panda 2 Awesome Double DVD Pack Review


The Awesome Double DVD Pack features Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters, and two free memberships to the online game universe Kung Fu Panda World.

Kung Fu Panda 2 Synopsis: Jack Black is back as Po in DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 2, the fiercely funny, “winning sequel” (Scott Bowles, USA TODAY ) to the Academy Award® nominated original film. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet. KUNG FU PANDA 2 packs a powerful punch that combines non-stop action, beautiful storytelling and stunning animation in an all-new, awesome adventure!

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters Synopsis: In this all-new Kung Fu Panda adventure debuting exclusively on DVD and Blu-ray, Po and the Furious Five uncover the legend of three of kung fu’s greatest heroes: Master Thundering Rhino, Master Storming Ox and Master Croc.

Kung Fu Panda World Synopsis: The online virtual game world where kids create avatars, play games with their favorite characters, win points towards earning a Kung Fu black belt, chat with friends and more!

Our Thoughts: We are HUGE fans of Kung Fu Panda so we couldn't wait to see Kung Fu Panda 2 when it was released on DVD. I was so thrilled to have received a Awesome Double DVD Pack to review. We sat down yesterday and watched Kung Fu Panda 2, and of course, we loved it! To be completely honest, I think I liked this one better than the first movie. There's a little more action and definitely more drama in this one compared to the first so it held my interest a little better. To sum it up in the words of a 5 year old "That was Awesome!!"

If your kids love Kung Fu Panda as much as mine do I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Kung Fu Panda 2 today.. Don't forget to print this $5 off coupon before heading to the store.

Disclosure: I was provided with a Kung Fu Panda 2 Awesome Double DVD Pack for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Secret Pocket Pillow Review

If you are looking for a really unique gift for the kids this holiday season you've got to check out the Secret Pocket Pillow! The Secret Pocket Pillow is a fully functioning square pillow with a twist.. There's two hidden pockets, a large zippered pocket on the back and a small pocket on the front that is hidden in the applique design.

These pillows are made out of super soft and cozy fleece and appliqued with one of four adorable designs including bella butterfly, cody car, florence flower, and rocco rocket. Secret Pocket Pillows are the perfect size to take along on trips and sleep overs. The large zippered pocket is great for storing all types of toys and books, while the smaller pocket would be the perfect place to store that lost tooth for the tooth fairy!


Secret Pocket Pillows are basically a take-along treasure chest that I'm sure any kid would love to have. In fact we received two for this review and my boys just love them! They put little matchbox cars and balls in their pillows and carry them around the house, then when it's time to wind down for the night they take their little "treasures" out and relax with their Secret Pocket Pillows.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 DVD Giveaway *Closed*

The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 
Available on DVD Today!

Synopsis: This half-hour animated comedy series starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck is no longer confined to 7-minute shorts. Bugs and Daffy are out of the woods and living in the suburbs among such colorful neighbors as Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. In addition to each episode’s main story, The Looney Tunes Show also features “cartoons within a cartoon.” The Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian and other classic characters sing original songs in two-minute music videos called Merrie Melodies . The legendary Looney Tunes cartoons are getting a 21st century relaunch and a CGI overhaul for a new generation. 4 new episodes on DVD for the first time.



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Get comfortable with Kushyfoot

I have been a huge fan of Kushyfoot since last summer when I was sent a few of their products to review. Well now I'm happy to tell you that they've come out with a new line for fall and winter. These products include zebra print and embossed alligator flats to go, heather and diamond pattern tights, and microfiber crew socks.

I was sent a pair of black embossed alligator flats to go and a pair of black microfiber tights to review. As you already know, I absolutely love Kushyfoot flats to go so I was super excited to try out their new alligator prints. They are super comfy and the perfect print to wear on a date with the hubby or after hours of dancing at holiday parties. Slip into a pair of flats to go for only $9.99, your feet will be thanking you later!


Now I have too admit that I'm not really a tights kinda girl so I was less excited to give the microfiber tights a try but slipped them on anyway. And I'm glad I did! These tights, like all Kushyfoot products are super comfy and massage your feet with every step. They'd be perfect for those long days at work or shopping with the girls. Available in black, brown, grey, and navy you can a set of 3 pairs for $26.97.

Be sure to connect with Kushyfoot on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on new product releases.

Disclosure: I was provided with the product(s) mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The Art Of Getting By Movie Review


THE ART OF GETTING BY

Experience this Touching and Unconventional Tale of Teen Romance 
On Blu-ray and DVD Today!

Synopsis: Get caught up in the story of an aspiring young artist and a “popular” girl who find themselves in a charming yet unconventional high school romance. A Sundance Film Festival favorite, THE ART OF GETTING BY is a delightful coming-of-age film set against the backdrop of New York City. Experience the beauty and emotional depth of THE ART OF GETTING BY on Blu-ray and DVD November 29th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

George (Freddie Highmore, Golden Compass, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, What’s Wrong with Virginia), a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

$100 Amazon Twitter Blast Giveaway *Closed*


Welcome to the Amazon Twitter Blast!

Enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card using the Rafflecopter form below.. Giveaway ends at 12:01 am EST on January 1st.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop (week 19)



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Welcome to blogging buddies thursday blog hop hosted by Life With Two Boys!

I'd love for you to spread the word about this hop by adding the blog hop button to your blog, tweeting about it, and/or "liking" this post.

*While you're here don't forget to sign up to participate in From Our Hearts To Yours... It's a NO FEE Valentine's giveaway hop happening February 1st-14th!*

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This post brought to you by Sprint. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Etsy Review and Giveaway: Two Little Monkeys Messenger Preschool Bag *Closed*

Trevor loves to take little cars and trucks with him when we're out and about so I was searching etsy one day for a little bag for him to carry his toys in.. That's when I discovered these messenger bags from Two Little Monkeys.


These preschool-sized messenger bags are perfect for your little ones who love to carry small toys and books around with them. They also double as a small diaper bag to take to grandma's or even daycare. They're on the small side, making them perfect for the independent 2-3 year old who want to carry their own bag.

I was sent a messenger bag in this really cool dino dudes Michael Miller fabric. Trevor loves it! It really is just the right size for him. And for those with little girls, Two Little Monkeys also offers this bag in an adorable owl print. They are reasonably priced at $18.95 for the smaller sized bags and $40 for the larger bags.


Along with these really cute messenger bags, Two Little Monkeys also sells crayon and pencil cases, pillow cases, ties for the boys, skirts for the girls, aprons, and even party hats. Be sure to stop by Two Little Monkeys today!

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Mouth Man Hoodie Review and Giveaway *Closed*

If you have never heard of Mouth Man hoodies you are really missing out! These hoodies are the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. I was recently sent a kids skeleton hoodie from Mouth Man to review and it has easily become one of Braydens favorite shirts.

First of its kind in animated apparel. Patented, custom designed and printed in full color with sharp detailed graphics. Printed with eco-friendly inks on recycled fabric, 100% Polyester Sport Fabric. Mouth Man Products are green and designed and made in the USA. Front of hoodie features the body of the Skeleton, when arms are folded across the chest the image changes to reveal an open mouthed Skeleton, back of hoodie features the back of the Skeleton body.

Brayden is really into skeletons and skulls right now so I knew he would love this shirt. Our only complaint is that the hoodies seem to run a little on the small side. Brayden generally wears a size 6 and the 6 we received to review was tight on him and he's a very skinny boy, so if your child is on the larger side you might consider sizing up when ordering for them. Other than the sizing issue, Mouth Man hoodies are a hit!

Along with the skeleton hoodie Mouth Man also has tons of other designs to choose from including a frog, dragon, tiger, dolphin, and triceratops to name a few. Pretty much any of these would be a big hit with my boys, and I've actually got my eye on the XOXO heart hoodie for myself.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Doodlebuckets Holiday Gift Baskets Review and Giveaway *Closed*

If you are still searching for the perfect gift for the hard to buy for person in your life I would definitely recommend checking out the Christmas Gift Baskets at Doodlebuckets.com. They offer all sorts of gift baskets for the chocolate lovers, meat lovers, and even the movie buffs.

We were recently given the opportunity to review their Holiday Sleigh gift basket. Included is Chocolate Covered Almonds, Dolcetto Old Fashioned Chocolate Cream Pastry, Crunchy Caramel Corn, Holiday Chocolate Caramels, White Chocolate Holiday Cocoa, and Petite Holiday Fruit Candies all displayed in a beautiful brass decorative holiday sleigh. This particular gift basket retails for $42.99 and is perfect for the person who loves a little bit of everything!


I absolutely love the sleigh, not only does it make the "basket" very holiday looking but after all the yummy treats are gone you can use it as a Christmas decoration as well. The only complaint I have about the Holiday Sleigh gift basket is that it's a little smaller than I expected for the price, but overall I was pleased with it.

Doodlebuckets not only sells Christmas Gift Baskets, but also baby gifts, wedding and anniversary gift baskets, get well soon baskets, and even Diaper Cakes. No matter what the occasion, Doodlebuckets.com has the perfect gift basket for you!

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Lumps and Family Talk 2 Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Forget carols, eggnog, dinner parties and cookie exchanges, when it comes to holiday entertaining the biggest trend this year is playing dice – elf style with lumps of coal. Not only will you be able to avoid taboo conversations about religion, politics and money with the family, you will all be able to bond over Lumps, a fast-paced dice game that challenges players to make risky decisions with every roll.


To play Lumps, you gather the pieces of coal (dice) in your hands, give them a lucky shake and let them fly. The goal is to score the most points in three rolls by rolling pairs. What makes Lumps exciting is that there are four different types of dice and only a few of them have high numbers on them. After your first roll, you have to decide which dice to keep and which dice to roll again.
But, if you do need help starting a friendly dinnertime conversation you can use the game Family Talk 2. A portable deck of cards with questions like, “What was life like when you were a kid, mom, dad?”, Family Talk 2 inspires meaningful conversations that allow families to reconnect over the holidays.

Brayden loves to play games when Trevor is napping so when I was asked to review both Lumps and Family Talk 2 I, of course, said yes. Lumps is a great game to help kids learn numbers and well as which numbers have a greater value since the goal of the game is to score the most points. Family Talk 2 is a great game to play during holiday parties or while sitting at the dinner table on a Friday night.

Lumps, the Elf Coal game is available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores, Books-A-Million, Go! Games and 100s of specialty toy stores in the US and Family Talk 2 is available at www.continuumgames.com. Both games are the perfect size for stocking stuffers!

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$5 off Kung Fu Panda 2- Available Tomorrow!


My boys are super excited about tomorrow's release of Kung Fu Panda 2 and I'm sure your kids are too! Before heading to the store print this coupon for $5 off!

Pre-order your copy today at Amazon.com!

Richard Scarry's Busytown Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Since the 1960’s, boys and girls around the world have grown up with Richard Scarry’s best-selling books about his busy world of iconic animal characters and their whimsical vehicles. With over 300 titles in the Richard Scarry library and over 150 million books sold, Richard Scarry is one of the best-selling children’s authors of all time. In fact, he has five books in the Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 List of All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books. His popular stories follow the adventures of Huckle and Sally Cat, Lowly Worm, Hilda Hippo, Pig Will and Pig Won’t in a very busy town, leading very busy lives. His characters have become household names that parents fondly remember and kids adore.

I vaguely remember Richard Scarry books from when I was a little girl and when I was asked to review Richard Scarry's Busytown toys I jumped on the opportunity. I honestly had no idea these play sets existed but my boys were super excited when they arrived.

We were sent three Richard Scarry's Busytown sets to try, the Town Hall Deluxe Playset with DVD, Roadway Starter Playset and Fire Station Playset. These play sets can be purchased and played with separately or you can connect them all together to build a big Richard Scarry town. Each set comes with it's own plastic roadway pieces and Richard Scarry friends to encourage your child to explore and play in their own Busytown world.


Richard Scarry's Busytown toys are a big hit with my boys and I'm sure your little one's will love them too. They're sturdy, durable, and fun, but best of all they encourage your child to use their imagination! You can purchase these sets at Toys R Us and online at Amazon.com.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lose weight with Slim-Fast!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Slim-Fast. All opinions are 100% mine.

I first tried Slim-Fast a few months ago after a friend recommended it to me when I was trying to lose a few pounds before being a bridesmaid in another friends wedding. She was (and still is) and avid Slim-Fast shake drinker and said they taste just like a milk shake, so I decided to give it a try.

I was actually very impressed with the Slim-Fast shakes and ended up trying out the 3-2-1 plant to help lose those few unwanted pounds right before the wedding. I've never been one to stick to any kind of weight loss routine but I was shocked when I realized how easy it was to stick to the 3-2-1 plan. 

Here's how the 3-2-1 plan works: You get to eat 3 snacks, 2 shakes and/or meal bars, and 1 balanced meal a day. This particular plan gives you quick results and would be great for shedding a few pounds to help you look your best on Christmas, or to help you shed those few pounds you gained eating all those yummy snacks at Christmas parties! 

With so many tasty snack and meal bars, the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 plan is a super easy way to help you lose weight and now Slim-Fast is making it even easier with their best tasting shakes ever. Available in 5 different flavors, these shakes are delicious and convenient for taking your meals on the go. I was able to try the Creamy Milk Chocolate Slim-Fast shake and it's even better than it was before, which I didn't think was possible!

I would definitely recommend Slim-Fast to anyone looking to lose a few pounds this holiday season.. It worked for me and it'll work for you too! Slim-Fast products are available at Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, and Kroger and online at Amazon.com and the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Store on Facebook. Be sure to like Slim-Fast on Facebook to stay up to date on all of their new products.

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Bloggers: Twitter Blast Sign-Ups Open!


Bloggers: If you're looking to gain some new Twitter followers then I have great news.. Kobiso is hosting a FREE Twitter Blast! For details and to sign up go here, but hurry because sign-ups close on Dec. 14th.

To my lovely readers: Come back on Dec. 15th to enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Spruce up your Bathroom this Holiday Season!

When most people decorate for the holidays they forget about a very important room in the house, the bathroom. I mean, you decorate your living room, dining room, and kitchen, why not the bathroom too? After all, the bathroom gets visited during holiday parties too, right?

I was recently sent this adorable Snowman plush toilet lid topper and matching contoured rug to review and I love it. I hadn't really thought about adding holiday cheer to the bathroom before but now I couldn't imagine the bathroom without it.


If you're having a holiday party, expecting holiday guests, or just love to decorate your entire house for the holidays this set is for you! Not into Snowmen? Don't worry, there's a Santa set available too. Both sets are currently selling at Wal-Mart’s nationwide for only $14.88.. Be sure to pick one up today!

Disclosure: I was provided with the product(s) mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Win an Applebee's Gift Card from Gilbert the Gift Card Machine

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gift Card Weekend. All opinions are 100% mine.
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I love Applebee's! My husband and I just went there a couple weeks ago to celebrate my Birthday. Their food is super yummy and the prices are pretty reasonable.

Want some great news? Gilbert the Gift Card Machine is giving away more than 100 gift cards a week leading up to Gift Card Weekend and during the week of 12/10 to 12/18 they're giving away $25 Applebee's gift cards! You're probably asking yourself "What's Gift Card Weekend?" Gift Card Weekend is a once-a-year event where participating retail partners give featured offers for gift cards purchased during the holiday season and redeemed from January 6 - 8.

To enter to win an Applebee's gift card all you have to do is like Gift Card Weekend on Facebook then be sure to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends for extra chances to win. Make sure you check back often because they're giving away gift cards all month long.

Gift Card Weekend participating retailers include:
*JCPenny
*Regal Cinema
*Subway
*Sephora
*Applebee's
*Bass Pro Shops
*Adidas
*Buca di Beppo
*Lowe's
*Spa Finder
*Marriot
*Giant Eagle

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Friday, December 9, 2011

North Star Toys Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Sometimes simple toys that allow childrens imaginations to soar are the best toys there are and that's what I love about North Star Toys. North Star Toys offers high quality, non-toxic wooden toys that stimulate creative, imaginative play.


We were recently sent a few of their toys to try out including the Rainbow People Mover, a Little Rollie Animal, and a Little Rollie Vehicle. Trevor was so excited when he saw his new toys he started playing with them right away. They're simple toys, yet they get played with more than most of the toys in our house.

Our favorite of the three toys is definitely the Rainbow People Mover, Trevor loves to dump the people out then line them back up in the little car. It's a great toy for helping children learn colors, patterns, and of course, using their imagination.

  

  

North Star Toys are great for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The quality of their toys is amazing, and since the toys are wooden they're very durable and will last for years. You can purchase a Rainbow People Mover for  $25 or any of the Little Rollies for $6 each.