Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rafflecopter ONLY Giveaway Linky


This is an ongoing Rafflecopter only giveaway linky. Please stop by frequently and link up your current Rafflecopter Giveaways! Don't forget to enter to win some giveaways too! I would love it if you could share this linky by tweeting and/or liking using the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

Here are the Rules: Please link directly to your Rafflecopter Giveaway when linking up and list in the name field "product name (end date)" you may include your blog name as well if you wish. If your giveaway is open to more than just the US, please include that in your title.
Example: Aurora Softy Soakers (9/7) US/CAN

*Any giveaways that end before 11:59 pm should have a listed end date of the day prior.*

Crunch Pak Disney Review


It makes me so happy to be able to say that my boys actually love fruits and vegetables. Even when we eat at fast food restaurants, Brayden chooses the apple slices over the french fries. I'm sure it won't be like this forever, but I've been pretty lucky about it so far!

We recently had the opportunity to review Crunch Pak's Disney line of fresh apple slices. Of course my boys loved them simply because it's fresh sliced apples, but they loved them even more because the packaging had fun Disney characters on them.

About Crunch Pak: Crunch Pak is the leading maker of cleaned, ready-to-eat fresh apple slices. Located in Cashmere, Wash., the heart of Washington state apple country, Crunch Pak was founded in 2001 by apples growers who believed that people would eat more apples if they were easier to eat.

Crunch Pak created the perfect recipe of vitamin C and calcium to prevent spoilage and maintain the crispness of an apple after it’s sliced. Then the company figured out the right width to slice apples so they stayed freshest longest. The last piece of the puzzle was packaging: Crunch Pak’s breathable bags allow the sliced apples to receive the right mixture of oxygen while emitting carbon dioxide; that combination ensures the apples maintain optimum quality during transportation to market.

Innovation continues to be the driving force behind the company’s growth with new packages, new product mixtures and new partnerships. There’s no short cut to sliced apples: Crunch Pak delivers the perfect combination of taste, texture and flavor to keep the company moving forward in the years ahead.

Crunch Pak offers several different varieties of Disney products including sweet apple trays, mini bags, and family size bags as well as different Foodles. Foodles are different snack combinations that come in a Mickey Mouse shaped tray. The combinations include apples, cheese and crackers; apples, caramel and cheese; apples, peanut butter and raisins; and apples, grapes and cheese.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kauzbots- Robots with a heart Review and Giveaway *Closed*


I discovered Kauzbots one day while browsing the web and immediately fell in love! They are the cutest things ever and the story behind them just makes them that much more wonderful!

About Kauzbots: Kauzbots are a team of friends who are passionate about inspiring kids and adults to make a difference in the world, and we are committed to social movement through implementing creative ideas. We are convinced that together we can make an impact upon some of the greatest social issues around the world. It is from this passion that the KAUZBOTS company was born and started producing plush toys and apparel.

KAUZBOTS are plush toy robots with a heart for changing the world, one cause at a time. There are 10 different handcrafted, colorful and lovable Kauzbots robots, each 18" tall. 10% of the retail price is donated to a non-profit focused on a cause close to each robots heart.

We were sent KALE and KARTHY for this review. My boys love plush toys as I've mentioned probably a million times before and Kauzbots were no exception. We were all surprised to learn that each robot has an actual little heart in their back pocket. That was definitely Brayden's favorite part about KALE. Trevor was just thrilled to have a robot of his own, in one of his favorite colors.


I love that each Kauzbot supports it's own kauz (cause) and that 10% of the retail price actually goes to that cause. That's enough to make me want to buy one of each of these guys! Some of the causes they support are breast cancer, autism, and homelessness.. To see all of the Kauzbots and their causes, check out kauzbots.com.

Christmas is right around the corner and Kauzbots would make a wonderful gift for anyone on your list. They're handmade, durable, colorful, and lovable but most of all they are a unique way to inspire kids and adults to help change the world by supporting some amazing causes!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Aurora Softy Soakers Review and Giveaway *Closed*

My boys love anything that "grows" in water and they love plush animals so when I was contacted by Aurora and asked to review their new Softy Soakers it was a no brainer!

In celebration of Aurora World Inc's 30th anniversary they released a new plush line called Softy Soakers. The first collection of Softy Soakers is the Fanta-Sea collection including a sea horse, octopus, hammerhead shark, dolphin, sea turtle and alligator. All you have to do is drop the 2D plush into water for 40 seconds, massaging it to help absorb the water, then take it out and towel-dry it.  Now you have a new 3D plush friend!
We received the Hammerhead Shark for this review. As soon as it arrived, we took it out of the package and stuck it in a bowl of water. I left it in there for probably a minute because it wasn't quite "growing" at first, the I took it out, dried it off, and my boys fought over it for the next hour! That's how you know they really like something haha!
The Hammerhead Shark stayed filled for a few days then returned to it's original shape all ready for us to refill and play with again! I think my boys enjoy the "growing" process more than the actual toy itself, so it's really neat that it can be repeated every couple of days.

The Softy Soakers Fantasy-Sea collection can be purchased individually for $10 for each plush animal online here. Be sure to "like" Aurora on Facebook to stay up to date on all of their new products.

In-Home Tutoring with Adam Wes Academics


The new school year has just begun and students are already struggling in their classes. Adam Wes Academics offers in-home Science and Math tutoring as well as test prep education to help those students.

About Adam Wes Academics: Professional math tutoring and science tutoring involves a great deal of ingenuity on a number of levels. First, gaining a student's respect is critical to capturing a young mind's focus, and generating the motivation that drives substantial learning. Understanding how to discover each and every student's unique comprehension is infinitely more important than a tutor's own mastery of math and science. And, knowing how to maneuver a student's mind to efficiently and genuinely convey any complexity of material, takes the innate, and learned aptitude of an experienced and driven tutor.

We are professional math and science tutors who have helped hundreds of students over the years. Many of our students have achieved success well beyond what they ever thought possible. Numerous students have gone from failing to getting A's on tests in as little as two sessions. It is not uncommon that one of our incredibly gifted tutors was responsible for a student getting into the college of their choice! Whether you are looking for private tutoring in physics, math, precalculus, calculus, geometry, chemistry, or for standardized tests such as the SAT, GMAT, ISEE, GRE, DAT, CBEST or MCAT, we can help.

Since my boys are still young I don't have to worry about tutoring yet, but I'm glad to know there's people out there who care about kids education and are willing to take the time to teach them. I think one-on-one interaction is a lot more helpful for students as opposed to having one teacher for 30 or so students.

Currently Adam Wes Academics offers high quality in-home tutoring in 16 major cities nationwide as well as free online webinars for students across the country. Visit www.adamwes.com to select your subject and location to see if private tutoring is available in your area.



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Adam Wes Academics. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Season Two, Part One

Batman: The Brave and The Bold: 
Season Two, Part One
Own It On DVD August 16th (Today)!

Synopsis: Batman wings into an exciting new era, teaming with a mighty honor roll of DC Comics Super Heroes in this action-packed series. Through the show's season two 12 Animated Adventures in this 2-Disc Collection, the Dark Knight allies with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Deadman, Bronze Tiger and Atom to take on an array of evildoers ranging from mad scientists to intergalactic crooks, from power-mad dictators to out-of-control teenagers.


My boys LOVE super hero's, especially Batman, so of course they loved this DVD. We've had it for less than a week and have already watched every episode, that's how much they enjoyed it! If you have a little boy who's into super hero's, Batman: The Brave and The Bold is a must have!

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**Buy It**


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

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Ultimate Green Store Review and $25 GC Giveaway *Closed*


If you're anything like me and you're still shopping for back to school supplies The Ultimate Green Store has got you covered! The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for your home, office, kids, pets, and back to school!

The Ultimate Green Store carries eco-friendly backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, notebooks, and even crayons! A few of my favorites are the EcoZoo cotton Canvas Backpack, Complete Laptop Lunch Box Systems, and Fabkins Organic Cotton Napkins.


I was sent a set of xtreme sports Fabkins to review. I figured they'd be perfect to stick in Brayden's lunch box when he starts Kindergarten later this month. Fabkins are soft and durable, 100% organic everyday cloth napkins for kids. They come in a couple different themes and colors and are the perfect size for kids laps and lunchboxes. Sold in sets of 4, Fabkins can be purchased for $21.95 a set.


Each individual Fabkin has it's own unique embroidered design. The xtreme sports Fabkins have a skateboarder,  snowboarder, surfer, and biker. Brayden loves that he'll have his own napkins at school and I love that they're helping to save the environment as well as helping me save money since I won't be constantly be buying disposable napkins to send to school with him.

Big Belly Banks Review and Giveaway *Closed*


My boys love collecting loose change they find around the house. Trevor will actually gather it all up and put it in a bowl or something of that nature to keep it all together. One day I was on the search for a fun piggy bank for them to put all their change in.. That's when I came across Big Belly Banks.

I remembered a couple months ago when we took a field trip to the library with Brayden's preschool class and they actually had two Big Belly Banks there and let all the kids put a couple quarters in each. I remember all the kids having so much fun with it that I knew this was exactly what we needed at our house.

Big Belly Banks are handcrafted, American made, wooden coin banks created by John Chestnut and his wife Cheryl for their 5 children. They come in all kinds of different characters and colors, from blue and pink dinosaurs, to trains, flowers and even sports themed ones. They can be purchased in 2 different sizes, 20" or 23", and are also personalized for FREE!

      

We received the Green Dinosaur Big Belly Bank to review. My boys were so thrilled when it arrived, they ran around the house collecting all the loose change they could find and immediately started feeding the dinosaur. We've had it for about a week and they are still entertained by it, they're always so excited when they find another coin for their dinosaur.

Not only are they fun, but they're also teaching my boys to save money which is wonderful. Because they are wooden, Big Belly Banks are very durable! Trevor drags ours all over the house and it's still in perfect shape. I can tell it'll last them for years!