Saturday, October 15, 2011

Calabot- The DIY Robot Review and Giveaway *Closed*

If you're children are anything like mine then they will love any toy that allows them to use their imagination and that's just what the Calabot from Creative Toyshop allows them to do.
The Calabot is a cardboard DIY robot for children between the ages of 4 and 7. Each of the cardboard pieces are pre-cut and pre-punched requiring no scissors or glue to assemble it. All you have to do is follow the instructions, which are actually easy to follow pictures, and the cardboard pieces fit perfectly together making a large 21" x 16" x 9" robot.

My wonderful husband put the robot together for my boys because even though Brayden is 5 it still seemed a little complex for him. According to the box it should take approximately 45 minutes to assemble the robot, it took my husband a little less than 40.. Not too bad i'd say! What's great about the Calabot is that once it's assembled (or before) your child can color, paint, and decorate it any way they want to.

Creative Toyshop also offers tons of other DIY cardboard kits including a palace, mermaid cove, farm, and pirate ship to name a few. Retailing for $24.99 the Calabot would make an excellent Birthday or Christmas gift for any child who loves to tinker, build, and use their imagination!

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New Year’s Resolution Blog Carnival Blogger Sign-Ups!

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Present New Year’s Resolution Blog Carnival happening Jan 3-10, 2012!!

Attention Bloggers: New Year's Resolution Blog Carnvial Sign Ups are now open.. Sign up now to claim your free spot in what i'm sure will be a HUGE blog hop event!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bean Bag Boss Review


My boys (like most siblings) have a horrible habit of fighting over almost everything including who can sit where on the couch and which one has more room than the other. So I was on the hunt for the perfect piece of furniture that they could both sit on without fighting and that's when I discovered bean bag chairs from Bean Bag Boss.

A Bean Bag Boss chair was the perfect solution to my problem.. These things are huge and they can be shaped and transformed into many different style chairs. You can lay them flat when you want to lay down and watch a movie, sit them up to make the perfect gaming chair, and pretty much anything and everything in between.

When I say these things are huge I'm really not exaggerating.. Both of my boys, my husband, and I can all sit on the Bean Bag Boss chair at one time! It's great for my boys to lay on when it's flat and play with their stuffed animals or watch some cartoons, and they're not fighting because there's not enough room.


Not only are Bean Bag Boss chairs big, but they're also durable. The outside fabrics are made from mega-durable material and the inside is filled with lightweight foam beads allowing the bag to mold to your body, making it super comfortable! I will definitely say these chairs can take a beating.. My boys are rough to say the least and they jump, climb, roll, run, etc.. on the chair and it still looks brand new!

Earn Awesome Prizes with Superpoints


It's so easy to earn prizes using Superpoints.. Just sign up (right now it's by invite only so use the links below) and every day you can press the Super Lucky Button to help you earn points to use towards gift cards, paypal cash, gaming systems, and tons of other great prizes.

Here's a few sign up links.. If any of them don't work feel free to leave a comment or email me and I'll get you a code right away!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

"The Lion King" Diamond Edition Review


The Lion King: Diamond Edition
Available on Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack TODAY!

Synopsis: An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets thestage for “The Lion King”, a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.”

For more information about The Lion king please visit: www.disney.com/TheLionKing

I was ten years old when The Lion King was first released in 1994. I remember going to see it in the movie theaters and I cried my eyes out then and still do every single time I watch it. To me, that's how I know a movie is truly magical.. If you can watch it over and over again and still have the same emotions you had the first time you saw it.

The Lion King is definitely a classic that every parent should share with their children.. My boys absolutely love it, especially Timon and Pumbaa. Of course, I like the humor of Timon and Pumbaa too, but I'm more of a sucker for the love that blossoms between Simba and Nala throughout the movie. The Lion King offers something for everyone and is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

You can purchase the 2 disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack today for $39.99. Even if you already own The Lion King you should still consider buying the Diamond Edition featuring 4 never before seen deleted scenes, never before seen bloopers, a deleted song, Disney sing along mode, and several other bonus features that can't be seen on previously released copies of The Lion King.

Halloween Smiley Cookie Review



On the hunt for the perfect Halloween Party Snack? You should definitely consider Halloween Smiley Cookies from SmileyCookie.com. Priced at only $14.99 a dozen and worth every penny!

We were recently sent a package of their Gourmet Jack O Lantern Cookies and let me just say, these cookies are amazing. What could possibly be better than a sugar cookie, topped with icing and candy corn.. These are a cookie lovers dream come true!


Halloween Cookies from SmileyCookie.com would be the perfect treat to wrap in cellophane and send to school for your childs Hallowen Party, hand out to trick or treaters, or even add to a delicious Halloween Gift Basket. (Or if you’re not very crafty like myself, SmileyCookie.com offers pre-made Halloween Gift Baskets).

Purchase your own delicious Halloween Cookies today at SmileyCookie.com.. Like them on Facebook for a 20% off coupon code.


Disclosure: 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.

Freschetta Proud To Support Pink Giveaway *Closed*


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Freschetta is doing their part by presenting the Freschetta Proud To Support Pink Program. From now until October 31st when you purchase a specially marked package of Freschetta pizzas and Artisan pizza crusts you will be helping them reach their goal of a $50,000 donation to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

All you have to do to help Freschetta reach their goal is buy a specially marked packaged of Freschetta pizza, go to www.ProudToSupportPink.com and enter the code. For each code entry, the makers of Freschetta will donate $1 to this center to support breast cancer research.

Freschetta is also giving away 50 pink iPod shuffles each week in October to encourage participation and sharing of the Proud To Support Pink Program. Additionally, they're also donating 50 iPod shuffles each week to cancer centers around America to be enjoyed by breast cancer patients during treatments.. How awesome is that!?

Help Freschetta reach their $50,000 goal today by eating a delicious pizza for dinner and entering the code on the box when you're done!

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Enter to win a Freschetta Proud To Support Pink prize pack including:
*A coupon to try any Freschetta pizza for FREE
*Two pairs of Freschetta Proud To Support Pink earphones (one for you to keep, and one for you to share with a friend or family member)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop (week 11)



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Welcome to blogging buddies thursday blog hop hosted by Life With Two Boys and Get In Shape And Save!

We'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.

Wholesale Halloween Costumes Review

Can you believe Halloween is only two and a half weeks away? Of course, we're procrastinating and haven't even started shopping for costumes yet, thankfully, I recently discovered Wholesale Halloween Costumes.. They're your one stop shop for all your costume needs.

Wholesale Halloween Costumes has everything including baby and toddler Halloween costumes, kids costumes, adult costumes, and even pet costumes, as well as make-up and accessories, masks, wigs, and props. The great thing about Wholesale Halloween Costumes is that it won't cost you an arm and a leg to dress your kids up for trick or treating because everything is offered at wholesale prices instead of retail value.

  

We were sent a Buzz Lightyear Costume for Trevor to review and of course he loves it. He's a huge fan of Toy Story and Buzz is his favorite so I knew he would really like the costume. When the costume arrived he couldn't wait to try it on, so we took it out of the package and I was happy to see it came in separate pieces, making it easier to put on and take off of a 2 year old! I'm also really pleased with the quality, we play a lot of dress up and we need costumes that will last!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monte Carlo DVD Review and Giveaway *Closed*

 

Monte Carlo
Available on Blu-Ray and DVD Oct. 18th!

My thoughts: I was recently sent a copy of Monte Carlo to review so one night my husband, my boys, and I all sat down and watched it.. Now it may not exactly have been the ideal movie for my husband or my boys, but they got through it without any complaints. I, personally, really enjoyed it. It would be a great movie to sit down and watch with the girls or even more wonderful if you have a daughter who's a big fan of Selena Gomez. Overall I give this movie a big thumbs up.. Very cute!

You can learn more about the DVD as well as print some cool postcards at this link. Now check out some first time traveler tips below and be sure to enter to win your very own copy of Monte Carlo on DVD!

Zippies Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Braydens school requires all the kids to have everything they bring to school with them labeled, including their backpacks, lunchboxes, sweatshirts, coats, etc... So I was on the hunt for the perfect accessory for him to be able to tell his belongings apart from his friends.. That's when I discovered Zippies.

Zippies are little pals that you can write your childs name on and clip onto their stuff. Each of the Zippies is a different color, and they each have their own name and personalities so your child can choose which ones they like and relate to the most. We were sent five different Zippies to review and Brayden loves all of them! He put Chip on his backpack and Paco on his lunchbox and said he'll use the others next month (haha).


Not only are Zippies great for labeling your belongings but they also reduce the spread of germs. By tagging your bottle with a Zippie it'll be easier to identify it, thus making you less likely to grab someone else's bottle by mistake.

You can purchase Zippies individually for $3.99 each, a five pack for $15.95, or the entire first series for $29.95. Your kids can also join the Zippies club and collect points to redeem for special prizes.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Etsy Week: Hobbies of Holly Headbands Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I've always been one to just throw my hair up into a pony tail and go about my day, but some days it's fun to add a little hair accessory to change things up a bit.. And what's cuter than a headband? Hobbies of Holly makes adorable stay put headbands in tons of colors and designs.. They seriously add the perfect pop of color to a boring or bad hair day!


I usually like to add a bright color to an outfit like hot pink or orange but for this review I ended up going with a more simple and sophisticated brown and white headband from Hobbies of Holly. Each headband has velcro on the bottom to prevent it from slipping along with a really cute button and elastic closure (as seen below).


You can purchase super cute stay put headbands from Hobbies of Holly for $6.75 each.. These would make a perfect stocking stuffer or gift basket addition! Hobbies of Holly also offers Bridal garter sets, baby headbands, aprons, baby spit rags and onesies.

**Win It**
Enter to win a stay put headband from Hobbies of Holly using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Etsy Week: Good Neighbors Candle Co. Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I have spent the past week telling you about some amazing etsy shops and this next shop I'm going to talk about is right down the road from us (well about a 45 minute drive) in Lancaster PA. If you're not familiar with Lancaster you should definitely check it out next time you're visiting Pennsylvania. I'm a sucker for all of the handmade Amish wood furniture and household items I find when we  make our bi-yearly trip to Lancaster.


Good Neighbors Candle Company offers soy candles and decor in over fifty different scents as well as several sizes and styles. For this review we were sent a hot chocolate candle topped with marshmallows in a metal mug.. Let me tell you, this candle looks and smells like the real thing. I took it right out of the package and burned it as soon as I got it.


Remember going outside on a cold winter day and building snowmen? Or sledding.. Having a snowball fight.. That's what this candle makes me think of. It came on a cool fall day and it was just perfect! It would definitely make a great Christmas gift for family and friends.

I also received a Pumpkin Pie Spice candle and a couple little tea light candles.. All of which smell amazing! The pumpkin pie spice candle comes topped with a daisy cut lid which is really cute. Did you know that you're supposed to trim the wick every time you burn a candle to make it last longer? I had no idea until I got a wick trimmer in my review package and I had no clue what it was.. I went on Good Neighbors Candle Company's blog and there was a picture of the wick trimmer along with an entire candle maintenance guide! 


You can purchase a hot chocolate candle from Good Neighbors Candle for only $10 or any 12 ounce candle with a daisy cut lid for only $12 on etsy.

**Win It**
Enter to win a 12 ounce French Lavender candle from Good Neighbors Candle Company using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Etsy Week: Polkadotty Handmade Crayons Review and Giveaway *Closed*


I think it's safe to say that every kid between the ages of one and seven (maybe even older) likes to draw and color. Polkadotty specializes in handmade crayons for kids in all sorts of shapes and colors. Whether you're looking for butterflies, princess castles, dinosaurs, or race cars I'm sure you're going to find something your kids will love!


We were sent a couple sets of crayons including Brayden and Trevors names, some Halloween crayons, and a transportation assortment. My boys love them! They think it's so cool to have crayons in different shapes.  The great thing about handmade crayons is you can have them customized for your child.. You can have your childs name spelled out with their favorite colors marbled together or you can mix and match solid colors with marbled.


Polkadotty crayons are made from Crayola crayons, so you know the quality is amazing. The best thing about these crayons is that they don't break easily.. Trevor is so rough on crayons, that we're constantly ending up with little tiny piece everywhere and these are thick and durable enough to handle him!

Each set of crayons comes packaged in a cellophane bag and tied with a ribbon so they're all set to be put in a Christmas stocking or Halloween bucket, or even to be given as a favor at your childs Birthday party. You can purchase a set of 12 spooky Halloween crayons for only $10.95.

**Win It**
Polkadotty has very generously offered one Life With Two Boys reader a $40 gift certificate to be used at their shop.

To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!

Networked Blogs Followers...

Since switching over to a new domain I had to set up a new networked blogs account.. This may affect some of you who used following me on networked blogs as an extra entry into any/all of my current giveaways.. I'm not going to count it against anybody at this time but if you could please make sure you're following me on my new networked blogs account (widget on right sidebar) I'd appreciate it!