Saturday, July 9, 2011

Endangerbles CD Review and Giveaway *Closed*


What kid doesn't love to dance around the house listening to fun, upbeat songs? The Endangerbles music CD (Written and Performed by award-winning composer Fred Bogert) is just that, with an added bonus.. It's also educational! The Endangerbles teach kids about animals, specifically those on the endangered species list. My boys had a blast reviewing the CD and I really love that they're also learning while listening to it.

About The Endangerbles: 
The Endangerbles is a character driven intellectual property created to educate kids of all ages through creative entertainment about the wonderful world of animals, specifically relating to those that are endangered, threatened, or vulnerable.
Each Endangerble character is based on, or represents a specific species that is or has been on the endangered list. With the live action/ animated television show, and all of the creative licensed products, we can generate great awareness and excitement about the incredible animal kingdom.


You can learn more about The Endangerbles and even sign your child up to become an official Deputy Endangerble in which they can play games, get a free song download (by selecting SSA as how they heard about the site), and even color online by going to endangerbles.com

**Win It**
One of my readers will win their own copy of The Endangerbles music CD as well as a plush toy. The winner can choose which plush they want.


Friday, July 8, 2011

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Workingmums.co.uk- Connecting mums and employers


If you are a mom living in the UK and you're looking for a job then Workingmums.co.uk is the place for you! Workingmums.co.uk is an online resource that connects moms to employers.. Whether you're looking for part time work or a full time job, they'll have an employer for you!

Workingmums.co.uk offers work from home jobs as well as franchise opportunities if you're looking for something more long term. You can search for jobs that meet your criteria and they even offer advice & support for their members.

About Workingmums.co.uk: Workingmums.co.uk was founded by senior communications manager Gillian Nissim in 2006 after the birth of her second child. She found herself and many of her friends in a similar position, needing flexible yet challenging work, but not being able to find it. The business has grown fast and now employs 14 staff, many of whom are working mums.

How it works: We work with hundreds of employers - from large corporate firms to small businesses, and have a large database of professional women seeking work in a wide variety of fields. Candidates register for free and can file their CVs, whilst employers pay a small fee to post their job on the site and contact candidates who match their requirements.

If Workingmums.co.uk sounds like something that suits your needs be sure to check them out!


This post is in association with Workingmums.co.uk. However, all opinions and views expressed are 100% my own.

PetCakes Winner!

Congratulations to comment #24.. lilpinksocks. I will be emailing you shortly.
Thank you to everyone who entered. I have tons of other great giveaways going on so be sure to check them out!

Frank's RedHot Thick Sauce Review and Giveaway *Closed*


While I am not personally a fan of super hot foods my husband loves it.. He puts Frank's RedHot original sauce on just about everything so he was very excited when I told him we were going to review Frank's RedHot Thick cayenne pepper sauce. As soon as it came in the mail, he whipped it out of the package and poured it all over the burger he was having for lunch. The results... He loves it!

About Frank's RedHot Thick cayenne pepper sauce: 
Frank’s Red Hot Thick Cayenne Pepper Sauce has the same great taste as Frank’s RedHot Original, but with a thicker and richer consistency for dipping, spreading or pouring. Frank’s RedHot Thick sauce is made with a premium blend of aged cayenne peppers that add a kick of heat and a whole lot of flavor onto your favorite foods. Use Frank's RedHot Thick Sauce for dipping french fries or nuggets, spreading it over burgers, or pouring it over nachos, tacos, or omelets. 

Check out this spicy bacon cheeseburger recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
*1 lb. lean ground beef
*1/4 cup FRENCH'S® Extra Tenderizing™ Worcestershire Sauce
*1/2 tsp. garlic powder
*4 slices American cheese
*1/4 cup FRANK'S® RedHot THICK™ Cayenne Pepper Sauce
*4 cooked bacon strips

DIRECTIONS:
1. MIX beef, Worcestershire and garlic; shape into 4 burgers
2.GRILL over medium heat for 15 min. or until cooked through, turning once.
3.PLACE burgers on rolls. Top each with a slice of cheese, 1 tbsp. Frank's Thick sauce and 1 piece of bacon.

To learn more about Frank's RedHot Thick cayenne pepper sauce and to see all of their delicious recipes check out franksredhot.com.

**Win It**
Frank's RedHot has very generously offered 3 of my readers their own bottle of Frank's RedHot Thick cayenne pepper sauce to try.

Mandatory Entry: Check out franksredhot.com and tell me which recipe you would like to try.
For extra entries do any or all of the following.. Be sure to leave a valid email address with each comment.
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 and leave your twitter name in your comment
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*Blog about this giveaway and leave the link in your comment (2 entries)
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This giveaway will end on Friday July 29th at 11:59 pm EST. I will email and announce the winners on Saturday July 30th . The winners will have 48 hours to respond before new winners are chosen. This giveaway is open to US only.


Disclosure: I was provided with a bottle of Frank's RedHot Thick sauce for this review. All opinions are my own.

YOYO Zipper Pouch Gift Set Review and Giveaway *Closed*

When I was a teenager I was obsessed with lip gloss.. These days I've been more into chapstick but I was very excited when I heard about YOYO lip gloss! I was recently sent a zipper pouch gift set for review and this stuff really takes me back to my teen years.

YOYO lip gloss comes in a bunch of flavors including crazy cotton candy (my fav!), super strawberry cheesecake, and big bounce bubblegum. They all smell (and taste) yummy! And I love that they're sparkly and make your lips really shiny.


The great thing about YOYO lip gloss.. No more lost lip gloss in the bottom of your purse or backpack. YOYO lip gloss comes on a retractable clip so it can be attached to your purse, backpack, jeans, pockets, or belt. Not only is it convenient, it's its own little fashion statement!

**Buy It**
You can buy YOYO lip gloss mini's for $3.49 on their website.

**Win It**
YOYO lip gloss has very generously offered one of my readers their own zipper pouch gift set containing 3 YOYO lip gloss mini's in a resealable pouch.


Mandatory Entry: Check out the YOYO lip gloss website and tell me which flavor you'd love to try.
For extra entries do any or all of the following.. Be sure to leave a valid email address with each comment.
*Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect
*Follow YOYO lip gloss on twitter and/or Facebook (one entry each)
*Follow me on twitter and leave your twitter name in your comment
*Like my new Facebook page
and leave your Facebook name in your comment
*Blog about this giveaway and leave the link in your comment (2 entries)
*Put my button on your blog and leave the link in your comment (3 entries)
This giveaway will end on Monday August 1st at 11:59 pm EST. I will email and announce the winner on Tuesday August 2nd. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is open to US only.

Disclosure: I was provided with a YOYO zipper pouch gift set for this review. All opinions are my own.

Parent's Choice Infant Formula Sweepstakes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PBM Products for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My boys are still pretty young.. But with the cost of college these days, my husband and I should really start putting money aside for their college tuition! I'd like to think both of my boys will get some sort of scholarship.. Maybe for sports or whatever.. But of course we can't rely on that. That's why I'm entering the Parent's Choice Infant Formula Sweepstakes.


Parent's Choice Infant Formula, which is Walmart's private brand formula, has partnered with PBM Products LLC to provide one very lucky family with a $10,000 college scholarship in the form of a College Savings 529 Plan. The sweepstakes started on June 15th and will run through August 1, 2011.


It's time to start thinking about your children's future no matter what age they are, so go enter the Parent’s Choice Infant Formula Savings Sweepstakes! I don't know any family that couldn't use a $10,000 college scholarship.. I know we sure could!
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I See Me! Personalized Children's Books Review


I See Me! offers personalized children's books for every occasion including birthdays, preschool graduation, and even Christmas. They even make books for siblings and twins so they can have a book to share. I think that's pretty neat! These are not just your ordinary personalized books either.. You can choose from fairy tales, pirate tales, and even big brother and big sister books.

We got to review "Who Love's Me?" for siblings. It was really fun for me to create a book for my boys. I got to choose all the personalization in it from who it's for, who's names are on all the pages, and who the book is from. I love that it's not just one or two lines that are personalized.. It's the entire book!

The quality of I See Me! books is amazing! I can see why they're award winning books and they're even popular among celebrities including Courteney Cox, Brooke Shields and Jessica Alba. My boys love their new book and I'm thrilled that I got to personalize it just for them!

If you're looking for the perfect baby shower gift or just a book to tell the special little one's in your life how much you care check out I See Me! personalized children's books. You won't be disappointed!



Disclosure: I was provided with an I See Me! personalized children's book for this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Relax with Living Landscapes HD

In a house filled with chaos from sun up till sun down it's nice to have a relaxing escape every once in a while. But in reality, it's too hard to get away on vacation or even to just spend a day at the spa. That's what's great about Living Landscapes HD.

About Living Landscapes HD: The Living Landscapes® Collection is a series of High Definition programs designed to create sensory-immersive experiences of the world's most stunning natural environments. These mesmerizing programs use High Definition video to bring your home theatre or computer screen to life, transforming your living room into a Living Landscape. The World's Most Beautiful Places features excerpts from the first 9 programs in the Living Landscapes® collection. Naturally recorded surround-sound provides a true nature experience with relaxing music by Emmy Award winning composer Gary Malkin and others.

Being from Maine originally, I found this very relaxing and it was a nice little reminder of home.

Costa Rica has always been a dream vacation of mine so I really enjoyed this too!

Whether you need a relaxing get away or you're having a dinner party and would like some calming pictures and music on in the background Living Landscapes HD is a great idea!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com created by WebBizIdeas.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

PowerCapes Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Most kids are obsessed with super heroes.. I know my boys are! They like to wrap blankets around them and pretend they're super heroes wearing capes. They fly around the house and rescue (or fight depending on them mood) each other from the bad guys. I love watching them be super heroes but the poor guys always trip over their blankets and manage to hurt themselves. Thanks to PowerCapes.. That no longer happens!

PowerCapes.com specializes in customized capes and super hero costumes for children and adults. I had a lot of fun going on their website and customizing a cape to review. First you choose the size.. Sidekick (age 2-7), Hero (age 6-10+), or SuperHero (for adults).. Then you choose the color (they offer boys and girls colors).. Next is the emblem.. You get to pick the shape and the color.. And last but not least you pick a letter. We decided to skip the letter so the boys aren't fighting over who's cape it is but I think next time we order we'll definitely add a letter to it.


Not only can you customize your own super hero cape but PowerCapes.com also offers super hero masks, blaster cuffs, and custom super hero t-shirts. Need a cape fast? They also have over 3,000 pre-made capes that are ready to ship! Perfect for the last minute Birthday party you were invited to or if you're in a rush to finish your Christmas shopping.

**Buy It**
Go to PowerCapes.com to buy your own custom or ready made super hero capes.. Use code 2BOYS10 for 10% off your order.

**Win It**
PowerCapes has very generously offered one of my readers a gift code for $29.99.. That's the price of a Sidekick size cape plus shipping. The winner may upgrade to a bigger size but will be responsible for paying the difference. 

Mandatory Entry: Check out PowerCapes.com and tell me who you would make the customized cape for.
For extra entries do any or all of the following.. Be sure to leave a valid email address with each comment.
*Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect
*Follow PowerCapes on twitter and/or Facebook (one entry each)
*Follow me on twitter and leave your twitter name in your comment
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*Blog about this giveaway on your blog and leave the link in your comment (2 entries)
*Put my button on your blog and leave the link in your comment (3 entries)
This giveaway will end on Thursday July 28th at 11:59 pm EST. I will email and announce the winner on Friday July 29th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is open worldwide.


Disclosure: I was provided with a sidekick size PowerCape for this review. All opinions are my own.

Online Shopping with Bluefly

I love shopping online and I'm constantly finding new online stores. My most recent discovery is Bluefly. Bluefly is the ultimate hookup for the fashion obsessed. They carry the most amazing designers from Fendi, Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Gucci to name a few. I've personally never owned anything from these designers but have obsessed over them for quite some time.

Fendi handbags are definitely some of my most dreamed about items. There are so many different styles and colors to choose from.. They have totes, shoulder bags, evening bags for a night on the town, and briefcases for the fashion obsessed to take to work. Bluefly carries all of these as well as many other Fendi handbags and other designers as well.


Bluefly also has an amazing selection of shoes. I don't usually wear heels, I mean they're not exactly practical when you're chasing a toddler around the house all day, but I do enjoy looking at them. I love leopard and cheetah print stilettos but I'd probably break my neck wearing them (haha). That's whats great about Bluefly.. If you love heels but don't really wear them after you buy them you can get them at a great discount on Bluefly. While browsing their website I saw so many items that were 40% off, which is unbelievable considering the quality brands they carry.

So if you're fashion obsessed, or a fashion obsessed wannabe like I'd consider myself to be check out Bluefly!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Back to School in style with Very.co.uk

My boys love to be stylish.. Which is great because my husband and I are the same way. With Brayden starting kindergarten in the fall, we have a lot of back to school shopping to do.. Which is why I'm glad I recently discovered Very.co.uk. They have a great selection of kids clothes from popular brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Diesel to name a few.


Very.co.uk not only carries baby and kids clothes but they also have a huge selection of kids shoes. They even have backpacks and lunchboxes. As a mom of two little kids, I know how important it is to be able to do all your back to school shopping in one place.

Even if you're not back to school shopping Very.co.uk carries tons of other items from baby gear, furniture, electronics, toys, and even jewelry. They also have clothes and shoes for men and women including UGG boots (my fav!), Armani Exchange, and Calvin Klein.

Checking out their toy selection has got me thinking about Christmas shopping! I know it's only July but it's never too early to get a head start. They carry so many great brands such as Fisher Price, Leapfrog, Vtech, etc.. and they just have so many toys to choose from. I know where i'll be doing my Christmas shopping this year!
Whether your back to school shopping, planning out your Christmas list, or just in the mood to buy something nice for yourself check out Very.co.uk.. You won't be disappointed!

This post is in association with Very.co.uk. However, all opinions and views expressed are 100% my own. 

Little Looster Review


Trevor is just a few weeks shy of two and a half so we've been working on getting him used to the potty so we can start training him soon. Diapers are so expensive these days I figure the sooner the better when it comes to potty training. Not to mention, that around here kids have to be potty trained in order to go to preschool and since we don't want Trevor to be left behind we need to get a jump on things.

He's sat on his little potty a few times this past week and even peed on it once (Yay!) but we haven't quite made it to the big potty yet but when we do we have a great new stool to help us.. The Little Looster. The Little Looster is the perfect solution for any home with little ones.. Whether you're just starting to potty train or have been trained for a while and are just tired of clunky, rectangle step stools.

Brayden, who has been potty trained since he was two and a half, still sits down on the toilet because he's not quite comfortable with standing yet. For the past few years we've been using a regular step stool and I just knew there had to be a better solution than having to move the step stool out of the way every time my husband and I had to use the bathroom. That's why I love the Little Looster.. The unique U-shaped design allows the Looster to fit around the toilet so it doesn't have to be moved when not in use.


The Little Looster is not only more convenient but it also provides the following:
Comfort: Provides total comfort and leg support for years of use. No more painful pins-n-needles feeling when little legs are not supported.
Confidence: Promotes complete certainty. No scary feeling of “falling in.” Kids legs do all the work.
Cleanliness: Allows children to have their hands free at all times. No need to grip the back of the toilet seat or the inner, germ covered rim.


**Buy It**
You can purchase the Little Looster online at littlelooster.com for $34.99.. Use code DM77 at checkout for $7 off.. Expires 7/21/2011


Disclosure: I was provided with a Little Looster for this review. All opinions are my own.

Thirty-One Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I know it's only July, but Summer will be over before we know it.. So why not start thinking about back to school shopping with Thirty-One! They offer coordinating backpacks, lunch totes, pencil pouches, and thermal totes as well as many other items including my newest favorite.. The Cinch Sac!

The Cinch Sac comes in some really cute patterns for back to school including Apple Blossom which would be great for teachers, Playful Robots and Camo for the boys, and Free Spirit Floral for the girls. I love the Cinch Sac in Pink Circle Spirals! It's not only for school either, the Cinch Sac is perfect for sleepovers at Grandma's, a day trip to the zoo or beach, and even sports equipment such as soccer or ballet.

Cinch Sac
Item #3039
$20.00

Features:
Drawstring closure
Exterior Zippered Pocket
Lightweight nylon
18.5-in x 14.5-in





I used the Cinch Sac this past weekend when we went to the in-laws for a 4th of July cookout. I was able to fit diapers, wipes, bug spray, a pair of jammies for Brayden and Trevor, and stuff to make smores in it with room to spare. The quality of the Cinch Sac is great (as well as the quality of all Thirty-One items) and it's so convenient to just throw it on your back and go.

**Buy It**
You can buy your own Cinch Sac for $20 through my Virtual Party.

**Win It**
My Thirty-One consultant, Jonna, has very generously offered one of my readers their very own Cinch Sac in their choice of pattern.

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This giveaway will end on Wednesday July 20th at 11:59 pm EST. I will email and announce the winner on Thursday July 21st. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is open to US only.


Disclosure: I was provided with a Cinch Sac for this review. All opinions are my own.

Energizer and Kidzikoo Winners!

Energizer winner: Comment #29.. tarter95
Kidzikoo winner: Comment #46.. Our Crazy Bunch

Congratulations to you both! I'll be emailing you shortly. Thank you to everyone who entered!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday America.. And Happy 4th of July to all of my lovely readers!!
I have some great giveaways ending this week.. Be sure to check them out and get your entries in...
Energizer Batteries & $10 Discover Card ends 7/5
Kidzikoo ends 7/5
PetCakes ends 7/7

Sunday, July 3, 2011

SENDaBALL Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Trevor is absolutely obsessed with balls. Whenever it's time to pick out a new toy or reward for something, he chooses a ball. We have a toy box filled with over 100 balls of different shapes and sizes.

I first heard about SENDaBALL on ABC's Shark Tank and knew that it would be the perfect thing for Trevor. My kids love getting packages in the mail, and I knew Trevor would be in awe when he saw our mail lady delivering a big ball.



About SENDaBALL: Sendaball, Inc. is a family run business headquartered in Chicago. It is owned by a couple of BALLSY sisters who live across the street from each other in the same northwestside Chicago neighborhood they grew up in. They have been sending balls since the 90s, but one day in 2003 it seemed this CRAZY idea was meant to be a BUSINESS. 
Michele tells it like this: How did it start? I come from the direct mail world, so I knew the mailing rules. I made a practice of sending silly things in the mail over the years. One day I was in Osco, saw a BIN of bouncy balls, grabbed one and thought. "I can mail this.”  I  took a sharpie, addressed it to my BFF Sharon, wrote "Have BALL with your new baby,” went to the post office and mailed it. Sharon loved it so much, my sister and I sent them again and again to other friends. A few years later while standing in line at the post office, a guy behind me asked about the balls and asked if I could send one for him. Initially I instructed him in the steps to do it himself, but by the time we got to the front of the line, he had given me the info and $5. Laughing, I called my sister and told her how funny that just was. She said, "MICH, I THINK WE ARE ONTO SOMETHING.”


When our SENDaBALL arrived in the mail Trevor was so excited. The balls are sent fully-inflated and are sent by the United States Postal Service. The balls are addressed by hand, signed, stamped and mailed. They're not sent in a box, no bubble wrap or string or tape. Just the ball, in the mail so the boys got to watch the mail lady bring it to our door. How cool is that?!


Our review: My boys love their SENDaBALL!! They have been playing with it non stop for the past week. The SENDaBALL is so durable too! They kick it, sit on it, throw it.. And it's still in perfect shape!


**Buy It**
SENDaBALL's make perfect Birthday, Graduation, apology, or just because gifts for anyone! You can purchase them for your loved one's at Sendaball.com.. Use code 2BOYS at checkout for $2 off your order.

**Win It**
SENDaBALL has very generously offered one of my readers a code for one FREE ball.. The winner will have to pay $4 for Shipping and Handling.

Mandatory Entry: Tell me who you would send the SENDaBALL to if you won.
For extra entries do any or all of the following.. Be sure to leave a valid email address with each comment.
*Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect
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*Blog about this giveaway on your blog and leave the link in your comment (2 entries)
*Put my button on your blog and leave the link in your comment (3 entries)
This giveaway will end on Saturday July 23rd at 11:59 pm EST. I will email and announce the winner on Sunday July 24th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is open to US only.


Disclosure: I was provided with a SENDaBALL for this review. All opinions are my own.