Friday, October 21, 2011

Lovelymanners Placemats Review and Giveaway *Closed*

With the holidays comes dinners with family and friends and the perfect time to teach your children to be polite at the dinner table. Lovelymanners placemats are a fun new way to teach proper table manners.

Printed on 100% tree-free recyclable paper, these placemats are sure to be a hit! They're colorful and unique making learning fun for children and adults. Each set contains six placemats and over twenty-four manners in each set. You can purchase them in blue, orange, or gray for $29.95 a set.

We were sent a set of lovelymanners placemats in blue for this review. They're a really neat way to teach my boys to be polite. Examples of the manners include "If food ends up on your hands, NEVER EVER lick your fingers. Yuck! Use your napkin, of course!" and "Make pleasant conversation at the table and include everyone. If you BURP OR SLURP, say "excuse me" quietly. Try not to giggle."

Lovelymanners placemats are great for my boys because they're tear resistant and waterproof.. They're super eay to clean, just wipe them off and use them again and again. Not only are they helping us all to remember to be a little more polite during dinner but now I don't have as much of a mess to clean off the table when we're done.

Lovelymanners placemats are definitely fun and helpful at the same time and the bold, modern design makes them look great too! Maybe you have a few family members who have a hard time remembering to be polite at the dinner table? You should definiately consider purchasing a set of lovelymanners placemats of your own.

**Win It**
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams coming to DVD November 1st

Adventures in Playland Taken To A Whole New Stage!

Imaginations Soar to Dazzling New Heights When
 Blossoms onto DVD November 1

Arriving just in time for the holidays, our deliciously sweet girl next door takes a new turn as STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG DREAMS comes to DVD November 1 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

It's time to dazzle and dream with Strawberry and her friends as they compete for some berry special prizes. Whether it’s spinning and twirling in the annual dance-off, or beating a world record, there is nothing these girls can’t try. But when the road to success seems overwhelming, they soon discover that the real key to being a winner is just having fun with your friends.


Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams DVD Special Features include:
· Printable Coloring Pages
· Music Video

**Buy It**
Pre-order Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams on DVD today for $11.99 at

Family Fun with Scooby-Doo

Just in time for Halloween, Warner Bros Consumer Products presents the Scooby-Doo Create A Monster Contest.. To enter the contest just create a monster and submit your design on the official site or by mail. The grand prize winner will win a trip to L.A. to meet the creators of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and the opportunity of having your design featured on official Scooby products from Runner up prizes include a $100 Zazzle gift certificate and a Scooby-Doo toy prize pack as well as Scooby-Doo doodle speakers, toys, and ceramic mugs.

If you live near Lake Balboa Park in Van Nuys, CA you should consider attening The Scooby-Doo and Cesar Millan National Family Pack Walk on Sunday, October 30. Pack Walk begins at 10:00 AM with family fun from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The registration fee is $20 for adults and free for children with 100% of the proceeds from the event being donated to the Millan Foundation, which strives to create and deliver community humane education programs and promote animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs. If you are unable to attend the event you can make donations to this cause at this link:

Spooky Buddies Giveaway *Closed*

Disney's loveable Buddies are back in the spine-tingling movie caper SPOOKY BUDDIES. Embarking on a journey to save the world from Warwick the Warlock and the Halloween Hound, this trick-or-treat adventure celebrates friendship, courage, and teamwork. Get into the spirit with these Halloween Cards & Safety Tips available to download by clicking the images below.

**Win It**
Enter to win a copy of Spooky Buddies on DVD by using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop (week 12)


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.

Mohawk Home Rug Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I am so thrilled to tell you about this bathroom rug that I received to review from Mohawk Home. I was so tired of plain, boring bathroom rugs and was on the hunt for the perfect colorful rug for our bathroom.. That's when I spotted this Geo Spa Rug from Mohawk Home and fell in love.
This rug is a colorful combination of blue, green, and beige and adds a calming, yet fashionable look to our otherwise dull bathroom. The Geo Spa Rug is a perfect size measuring 20" x 33" and is 100% cotton so it can be thrown right into the washer when it gets a little dingy. Because it's 100% cotton it's soft and absorbent which is great because my boys love to make a HUGE mess when they're in the tub!

Mohawk Home, the rug division of Mohawk Industries, is the largest manufacturer of area rugs, indoor and outdoor mats, and washable rugs in the United States. Whether you're looking for a colorful area rug to spruce up your living room or a new welcome mat for the holiday season, Mohawk Home is sure to have something to suit your needs and style.

Mohawk Home Rugs are available at Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as several other retailers nationwide.

**Win It**
One lucky Life With Two Boys reader will win a Mohawk Home item valued up to $19.99 (including doormats, kitchen rugs, bath mats, and rug padding) of their choice.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Renuzit Fresh Accents Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I have always been a fan of Renuzit air fresheners for two reasons.. They come in tons of different scents and the smell is not overpowering like most air fresheners. I like air fresheners that have a faint smell, just enough that you can smell it when you walk into a room but not enough to give you a headache.

I'm so excited to tell you about Renuzits new Fresh Accents for the holidays. They come in two holiday scents including winter berry and festive snow. Fresh Accents have a stylish two-sided snowflake pattern in a satin nickel finish. They offer 30 days of continuous fragrance without requiring plugs, batteries, or flames and the best part is they only cost around $2.00!!!

We were sent both the winter berry and festive snow Fresh Accents to try out and review. Though both smell wonderful, the winter berry is definitely my favorite. Like other Renuzit products the smell is not overpowering yet they still eliminate everyday household odors. And since the price is so great you can actually afford to purchase them for every room in the house!

**Win It**
3 Life With Two Boys readers will each win 1 coupon for a FREE Renuzit Fresh Accents air freshener.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Libby's Vegetables- a Recipe and a Giveaway *Closed*

Nothing warms up a home more than the wonderful smell of something delicious baking in the oven. Carrot Cake Bites would make the perfect fall treat and the recipe is kid-friendly too! Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables has a database of recipes available for you to browse at, including the Carrot Cake Bites recipe and tons of other yummy treats.

Carrot Cake Bites Recipe
1 c all-purpose flour
¾ c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 t baking soda
¼ t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/3 c vegetable oil
½ c sugar
½ c fat-free milk
2 eggs
1 can 14.5 oz. Libby’s Sliced Carrots, drained, rinsed and masked with a fork

Coat two mini-muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, mix together oil, sugar, milk and eggs. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir just until combined. Gently stir in carrots.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each cup of mini muffin pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Repeat with remainder of batter.

Simple IcingStir together 1 tablespoon orange juice, ½ teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup powdered sugar.

**Win It**
To help you get in the spirit of baking one Life With Two Boys reader will win a Libby's Vegetables prize pack including:
*An assortment of Libby’s products
*Non-stick mini muffin pan
*Rachael Ray Spoonulas – set of three
*Kitchen Aid professional mixing bowls – set of three

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Etsy Review and Giveaway: Coastal Cuddles Toddler Blanket *Closed*

Trevor has always been a blanket baby.. He has his special blankie that he sleeps with every night and drags around the house every day which he's had since he was born. The poor blanket has definitely seen better days, it's full of holes and is no longer the pretty baby blue that it once was.

I was searching etsy one day for the perfect blanket to replace Trevor's old worn out blankie when I came across Coastal Cuddles. Coastal Cuddles specializes in handmade quilts for babies to adults, as well as stroller blankets and quilts, bibs, and burp cloths. I totally fell in love with their toddler minky blankets and knew if Trevor was going to give up his beloved blankie this would be the perfect blanket to help persuade him.


I was sent a toddler minky blanket in a groovy guitars pattern with turquoise minky fabric on the reverse side to review. Within minutes of his new blanket arriving he was ready to give up his old beat up blankie.. My husband and I were shocked! We thought for sure he'd be taking that blankie off to college with him and i'm so thankful he found a new blankie to love. I held onto the old one thinking he'd ask for it at bedtime but it's been about two and a half weeks now and he hasn't asked for it once.

If you have a toddler who won't give up their beloved blankie I would definitely recommend checking out Coastal Cuddles! You can purchase a toddler minky blanket in your choice of fabric for $46.. Use code LWTB10 for 10% off your order throughout the month of October.

**Win It**
Enter to win a toddler blanket similar to the one I received to review or a gift set (baby blanket, bib and burp cloth) in your choice of color using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Winnie the Pooh Available on Blu-ray & DVD 10/25!

Winnie the Pooh
Available on Blu-ray & DVD October 25th!

Synopsis: Disney returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo – and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Disney’s all-new “Winnie the Pooh” movie is inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art.

I remember when my boys first saw the preview for Winnie the Pooh when it was coming out in theaters.. They were both so excited they were jumping up and down. The funny thing about that is, Brayden hasn't watched Winnie the Pooh since he was a toddler and Trevor has never seen any of the Pooh cartoons so I'm not really sure what they got all excited about.

I have always been a fan of Winnie the Pooh, especially Tigger, so when we were given the opportunity to review the upcoming new release I was thrilled. We sat down and watched it over the weekend and my boys loved it. Neither one of them moved throughout the entire movie, which is extremely rare!

Tablet Time [iPad2 OR $550 Cash] Giveaway! *Closed*

Welcome to the Tablet Time Giveaway hosted by Tales from the Nursery, The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug, and Measuring Flower. Several bloggers (including myself) have teamed up to bring you a HUGE giveaway right before the holiday season.. Check out the prize options below then scroll down to see how you can enter to win an iPad2 OR $550 cash.

The Prize Options:

iPad2 Option
*16 GB Wi-Fi iPad2 in winner's color choice (black or white)
*polyurethane Smart Cover in winner's color choice (gray, blue, green, orange, or pink)
*optional two lines of engraving on back of iPad2 (up to 28 letters/characters per line)

Cash Option
*entrant MUST have a PayPal account
*$550 cash will be paid to winner as a gift via PayPal

**Win It**
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.. You MUST follow ALL blogs via GFC as the mandatory entry.. All other methods are optional.. You do not have to finish all the entries in one day but they do need to be completed before the giveaway is over on October 31st.