Friday, October 28, 2011

Jolly Roger Jack-O-Lantern Printable Stencil

Beware Thieving Pirates on Halloween!


As ye prepare for Halloween with trick-or-treat booty and swashbuckling disguises, consider adorning ye ship with a Pirate-themed pumpkin, courtesy of Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES! Guard ye loot, and ward of the land-lubbers using this skull and crossbones pumpkin carving stencil (click the image above to download). But first, me thinks ye should watch the carving video below for inspiration!


Channing & Co. Jewelry Review and Giveaway *Closed*


I've said it before and I'll say it again.. I love jewelry! The right piece of jewelry can really put an outfit together and make a girl feel special. I recently discovered Channing & Co. and their jewelry will definitely make you feel put together.. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or looking for the perfect costume jewelry Channing & Co. has something for you!

About Channing & Co.: Growing up in a family of five girls, I learned to love jewelry early on. I love jewelry that is fun, classy and edgy. Whether it's costume jewelry or the real deal, I love it all! Great jewelry makes you feel special. Over the years I have become an artist, a friend and a mother to my son Chance. In learning to balance my multiple roles, I have developed a deeper sense of simplicity.

It is this balance & simplicity that inspired me to start designing and selling jewelry. Channing & Co offers fashionable jewelry for any occassion.


I was recently sent a fabulous necklace from Channing & Co. to review and I love it! I was sent this really unique rose necklace with a fun, edgy, look to it. It's just the right necklace to wear on a date with the hubby or a night out with the girls (not that either of those happen very often). The quality of the necklace I received is amazing and the detail is perfect. From every rose to every little pearl you can tell there was a lot of work put into it.


No matter what kind of jewelry you prefer you should definitely check out Channing & Co. They offer everything from handmade to costume, from delicate to chunky, and even children's jewelry.

**Win It**
One lucky reader will win their choice of either a black or pink crystal macrame bracelet from Channing & Co.


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

Sunglass Warehouse Review and Giveaway *Closed*


I used to never wear sunglasses because I couldn't find a style that I loved. But thanks to Sunglass Warehouse and their large selection of sunglasses I was able to find a pair that I absolutely had to have. I was sent a pair of oversized celebrity inspired sunglasses to review and they're wonderful!

These sunglasses are the perfect accessory to any wardrobe.. They're adorable and they look great on. The sides have a really cute quilted fabric pattern as well as silver embellishments. The best thing about these sunglasses besides how stunning they are is the price.. For only $15.95 you can look like a celebrity!
   

If you're not into oversized sunglasses, Sunglass Warehouse has tons of other styles to choose from including aviator, cat eye, sport, and even retro. If you're not sure what style of sunglasses would be the perfect fit they recently launched choosing sunglasses based on your skin tones and choosing sunglasses for your face shape to help you find the style that would look best on you.

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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams DVD Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Synopsis: 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.

Last week I mentioned that Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams was coming to DVD on November 1st.. But what I didn't tell you was that I was going to have the chance to review it as well as give 2 copies away to my lovely readers!!!

I loved Strawberry Shortcake when I was a little girl and it saddens me a little when I think about the fact that I have 2 little boys who won't share the same passion for her that I once did. But when I heard she had been revamped a little and was starring in her very own show on The HUB I was very excited to see what it was all about. My boys and I watched it one day and to my surprise they actually liked it so when I was given the chance to review Strawberry's new DVD I jumped on the opportunity.

Trevor and I sat down this morning and watched Strawberry shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams and I felt like a little girl all over again. The movie held both of our attentions the entire time. When it was over Trevor actually asked if we could watch it again.. That's how you know when a kid really enjoys something!

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Now 2 of my readers will have the chance to share this wonderful movie with their little ones.. Enter to win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams on DVD using the Rafflecopter form below.

CnD's Kids Store- Personalized Gifts for Kids Review


If you are looking for the perfect personalized gift for a special kid in your life you should definitely check out CnD's Kids Store. Offering personalized children's DVD's, CD's. and books you're sure to find a great gift for the upcoming holidays.

We had the chance to review a personalized book from CnD's Kids Store and my boys were thrilled. We were sent a Scooby-Doo book, which as I've mentioned before is a favorite character in our house. There is so much personalization involved in this book including the star's full name (we chose Brayden to be the star of this particular book) as well as his age, sex, hometown, state, and even his friends and a dedication including your own words, who it's from and the date it was created.


Not only are these books fun for kids because they get to be a special character in the book but they're also a really neat keepsake. Personalized books from CnD's Kids are printed on quality hard-cover books so they're sure to last quite a while. My boys are pretty rough on books and we've had ours for a few weeks now and it still looks brand new.

Along with Scooby-Doo there's tons of other characters too including Sesame Street, Diego, Dora, Snow White, and even a Christmas adventure book. You can purchase a fun personalized book from CnD's Kids Store for as low as $9.95.


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

Ladybugs and Flowers Crochet Hat Review and Gift Certificate Giveaway *Closed*

Trevor is obsessed with hats, he's constantly wearing Daddy's baseball caps around the house.. So I wanted to find him a cute hat of his own.. That's when I discovered Ladybugs and Flowers on etsy.

Ladybugs and Flowers offers the cutest crochet hats and photo props. When browsing her shop I found the most adorable spiked dinosaur hat and knew I had to have it for Trevor. The great thing about Ladybugs and Flowers is that everything can be customized.. You can choose colors, sizes from newborn to adult, and even whether or not you want the hats to have earflaps and braids.


We were sent a spiked dinosaur hat to review and Trevor was so excited when it arrived. Within seconds we had it out of the package and on his head. I love that this hat is so cute and colorful! The details from the spikes on top to the braids coming down are just wonderful and the quality is excellent.

You can purchase your own spiked dinosaur crochet hats from Ladybugs and Flowers for only $20.. Or if dinosaurs aren't your thing there's also zebra, owl, penguin, and dog hats available (just to name a few).

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Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Ladybugs and Flowers using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop (week 13)



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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.

Traintastic Halloween Safety Tips and Chuggington Safety Kit Giveaway *Closed*


In partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ludorum, the creators of the hit preschool series Chuggington, recently launched a traintacular national Chuggington public service campaign that will promote traffic safety to young families. EntitledThink Safe. Ride Safe. Be Safe!, the campaign pairs NHTSA’s trusted safety guidance with Chuggington’s colorful and engaging characters. The result is a compelling traffic safety campaign that delivers important safety lessons to children from preschool to 3rd grade and their parents. With lessons focused on four main areas of traffic safety – pedestrian, school bus, bike and car seat safety – the campaign is designed to engage, educate, and ultimately, save lives.

The program includes:
*A Traffic Safety Pledge, which has already been signed by more than 11,000 children. By taking the online pledge, kids can earn their Chuggington Traffic Safety Badges!
*A dedicated microsite, www.chuggington.com/safety, where kids can go to play safety games, color safety sheets, and parents can download safety tips.
*An activity book for kids to color and learn traffic safety lessons.
*Original Public Service Announcements, the first of which will air soon on Disney Junior (sneak peek: you can ride the rails over to Chuggington’s site now to view the PSA online here).
*Educational materials, new seasonal programs, and a free Chuggington traffic safety app are all part of this comprehensive campaign that will continue through 2012 and beyond.

With Halloween only days away it is important to be sure your kids know a few basic safety tips. Since we walk Brayden to the bus stop every morning we always practice walking safe including always walking on the sidewalk, looking both ways before crossing the street, and holding my hand while walking.

Below are a few tips to remember when taking your kids out trick or treating this year:
*Walk on the sidewalk.
*If there’s no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
*No pushing or shoving when you walk.
*Don’t cross the street if a car is coming.
*Use a crosswalk if you can.

I highly recommend you and your little ones take the safety pledge to be safe through the holidays and after!

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One lucky Life With Two Boys reader will win a traffic safety kit including a printed activity book, tip sheets, stickers, a children’s traffic safety vest, and a die-cast engine.

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Postcardly Review and Giveaway *Closed*

With everything being so digital these days I think we tend to forget about the family members who aren't so computer savvy.. I know my grandfather can't do anything on a computer other than play solitaire so I'm not able to send him pictures of the boys through email.

Postcardly is a new service that allows you to send postcards using your email. The great thing about Postcardly is there's no apps to download all you have to do is go to postcardly.com and set up an account, then create Postcardly email addresses that correspond to physical mailing addresses. After that when you email that person using their special Postcardly email address instead of receiving an email they'll get a postcard in the mail a few days later.

Postcardly easy 3-step process:


Postcardly has several reasonable rate options available including 5 postcards a month for $4.99/month, 15 postcards a month for $9.99/month, or $19.99 for 20 prepaid postcards.. The prices include the cost of stamps making it only $1 per post card when you purchase the $4.99 a month plan.

**Win It**
Enter to win a 10 Pack of Postcardlys using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Gyro Bowl Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Trevor loves to carry his snacks around the house, but he almost always spills them.. Luckily for us Lady, our black lab, loves to follow behind him and eat his mess so I'm not constantly having to vacuum it up. One day I was searching for a more sanitary solution to our messy situation and that's when i discovered the Gyro Bowl.

The Gyro Bowl is a kid proof, spill proof bowl that is perfect for snack time.

Gyro Bowl features:
• Kid-Proof Gyro Bowl
• Inner Bowl Rotates 360 Degrees
• Virtually Indestructible
• Saves Time, No More Cleaning
• Use it for Non-Food Items
• BPA-Free Plastic
• Top Rack Dishwasher Safe
• Not Microwave Safe

To be completely honest when I first saw the Gyro Bowl I had doubts that it would really work. We were lucky enough to receive one to review and I was pleasantly surprised. I filled it up with goldfish for Trevor to snack on and as he carried it around like he usually does it didn't spill. Needless to say our vacuum (Lady) wasn't very happy about that!


We've been using the Gyro Bowl for a little over a week now and we love it. Trevor can have his snack on the couch, in the car, and even in the stroller while were shopping without making a mess. It even comes with a lid so you can just throw it in your purse or diaper bag and walk out the door.

**Buy It**
For a limited time you can purchase a set of 2 Gyro Bowls for just $14.99 plus shipping and handling at www.buygyrobowl.com.

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Enter to win your very own Gyro Bowl using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!

Water for Elephants Available on Blu-ray & DVD Nov 1st

Water for Elephants
Available on Blu-ray & DVD November 1st

Synopsis: Take a journey back in time with the romantic tale based on Sara Gruen’s New York Times #1 Best-Seller novel of the same name, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Starring Academy Award®-winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), Robert Pattinson (Twilight series) and Oscar®-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), the film presents an epic tale of forbidden love in a magical place filled with adventure, wonder and great danger. Showcasing the decadence of a bohemian circus and the majesty of its animals against the backdrop and beauty of a bygone era,WATER FOR ELEPHANTS makes the ideal holiday gift idea for your favorite film buff, fashionista or book-lover!

Devastated by the sudden death of his parents at the height of The Depression, a young dreamer from the wrong side of the tracks, Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson), abandons his veterinary studies at Cornell University. With no other family, no house, and no money, Jacob stows away on a train carrying the circus performers of The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Hired as a veterinarian to care for the troupe’s animals, Jacob is temporarily filled with the promise of an exciting life that comes with a traveling circus troupe. However, as he builds a rapport and falls in love with the star of the show, Marlena (Witherspoon), they become prey to the circus’s owner, Marlena’s violent and abusive husband August (Waltz). As the circus begins to crumble from within and against all odds, Jacob and Marlena come together and fall in love through their compassion for a special elephant. With their love on the line, Jacob and Marlena come to a crossroads that will forever change their destiny.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

$5 off Coupon for Winnie the Pooh 3-Disc Combo Pack


Winnie the Pooh is available TODAY! Before you head to the store be sure to print this coupon for $5 off the 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack!!

Our #HEXBUGHalloween Party!


Brayden and Trevor have been obsessed with Hexbugs since last Christmas when they both got some nano's in their stockings. They play with their Hexbugs on a daily basis and we have even invested in a couple of the larger bugs as well... Well let me just tell you how thrilled they were when we received our package to host a Hexbug Halloween party!

Our package included everything we needed to host an awesome party including: 
*12 Limited Edition HEXBUG Nano Halloween Zombie bugs
*1 Glows in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Elevation Habitat Set
*Additional batteries
* A variety of themed games, activities, and recipes

Instead of having a big Halloween party, I thought it would be fun to let Brayden have some friends over for a Hexbug playdate one day after school. Brayden, Trevor, and their friends were super excited to check out all of the new Hexbug toys.

We built a little habitat so they could race their bugs and we even turned out the lights so they could race in the dark. We played a few games, ate some yummy ghost shaped cupcakes, and then I sent them all home with a couple glow in the dark Hexbug Nano's and Zombie's of their own. Overall, the Hexbugs were a HUGE hit and I know a few little boys who will be adding them to their Christmas lists this year!

Gazillion Bubble Show Review


Brayden and Trevor have always been HUGE fans of Bubbles so we were so thrilled to have the chance to attend the Gazillion Bubble Show this past weekend in Hershey, Pa. If you're not familiar with the Gazillion Bubble Show here's a little bit of info:

Five-time Tony Award®-winning producer, Jon B. Platt (Wicked, The Book of Mormon), announces the first ever North American tour of Gazillion Bubble Show, starring its creator and international sensation Fan Yang. This world renowned, brilliant and unique theatrical experience will delight audiences of all ages, transforming a multitude of beautiful bubbles into a thrilling, interactive, multi-million dollar spectacular. Audiences and critics will be wowed by bouncing bubbles, floating bubbles, misty, tiny and massive bubbles as they experience the world’s first live “snow globe” when millions of tiny bubbles fill the stage. Absolutely nothing compares to the feeling of standing inside a Fan Yang giant bubble creation. Fan Yang’s extraordinary bubble masterpieces illuminated by his spellbinding laser magic will dazzle theatre-goers aged 2 to102.

Organize your LEGO's with Box4Blox Review and Giveaway *Closed*


As my boys get older their obsession for Lego's grows and so does their collection. I, personally, love playing Lego's with my boys just like I used to with my brother when I was younger.. But as a parent I can't stand the mess that these little blocks make.

Box4Blox is a wonderful Lego storage solution. This lego organizer is made up of four colorful trays and each tray has different sized holes.. When cleaning up your Lego's you drop them into the top tray and they fall through the holes until they reach the tray that's meant for that particular size. The largest Lego's stay on the top tray and the smallest fall to the bottom. Not only is it the perfect storage solution, but it makes cleaning up fun for kids.


When we received our Box4Blox to review my boys were so excited they got out their bin of Lego's and started dumping them into the trays.. They were so amused by the fact that the Lego's fell until they reached the tray they were meant to be in.

If you have been searching for the perfect Lego organizer this is it.. No more Lego's all over the floor, no more rummaging through a huge bin of Lego's to find the little tiny one that you need to finish a project, and best of all, no more lost Lego's! They can all be kept together in the Box4Blox.. Purchase yours today for only $39.95 on Amazon.com.

Monday, October 24, 2011

LAISE Originals Handcrafted Jewelry Review

Like most women, I'm a sucker for jewelry.. Anything shiny and pretty is alright by me! I recently discovered Laise Originals and I'm so glad I did!

About Laise Originals: Laise Originals created by designer Lori Robinson offers one of a kind, handcrafted artisan jewelry including beaded necklace(s), bracelet(s) and earrings for women in head turning styles that are sexy, glamorous and very feminine.

You will find styles ranging from bold and chunky to elegant and sophisticated. Multi-strand and single strand beaded necklaces. Artisan jewelry with personality and attitude. Semi-precious gemstones, handmade artisan lampwork beads, crystal and repurposed high quality vintage brooches.


A few of my fav's from Laise Originals:

     

Lori, owner of Laise Originals, sent me a gorgeous pair of earrings to review. They are elaborate - beautiful silver filigree centerpieces accented by real semiprecious multi-faceted deep blue Sapphire beads with silver filigree bead caps and silver plated (nickel free) ear wires. I love these earrings! They're so pretty and they're going to be perfect for upcoming holiday parties.


If you're looking for the perfect piece of jewelry to wear for a night on the town with the hubby, a first date, or even a pair of everyday earrings you should definitely check out Laise Originals. The quality of the jewelry is amazing, the prices are great, and the pieces are all so beautiful!

Be sure to follow Laise Originals on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on all sales and new pieces.


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

Natural House Cleaning Products Review and Giveaway *Closed*

It's very important to me to use cleaning products that are safe to use around my family and our pets. Both of my boys are out of the "putting everything in their mouth" stage but my pets aren't.. They like to lick and rub on everything they see so of course I want to use products that are safe, yet effective.

About a month ago we were sent a few products from Natural House. Natural House offers natural household cleaning products that are eco-friendly and non-toxic making them perfect for families like mine. We received a 30-day supply of Trashy, Sinky, and Flushy from Natural House to review. All of the products are very easy to use and work great. My trashcan, kitchen sink, and bathroom toilet smell amazing!




Trashy: Trashy Probiotic Cleaning removes odors at their source. Use trashy in your indoor or outdoor trash cans to dissolve odors, grease and food scraps.









Sinky: Sinky Probiotic Cleaning packet breaks down grease and food scraps to help prevent clogs and slow drains. Used weekly, Sinky will scour your drain and disposal driving out odors at their source.









Flushy:  Flushy Probiotic Cleaning packet is a powerful toilet bowl cleaner + Drain and Septic Treatment in one. Our professional strength formula cuts through stains, hard water and calcium deposits in the bowl. Our probiotics continue to consume toilet paper and waste build up in the p-trap, drain and pipes, and maintains the health of your septic system.


Here's a few facts about Natural House cleaning products:

*Our products use an eco-friendly cleaning method of probiotics that create a beneficial, odor eating ecosystem to naturally drive out and digest odors at their source.

*Natural House's plant-based ingredients are eco-friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable to naturally fight the toughest problems you face in your house.

*Our products, Sinky and Flushy even break down and digest fats, oil, grease, and solid waste to ensure your disposal, pipes, drain lines or septic tank run smoothly.

*Our cleaners contain good probiotics which continue to scour, clean, consume odors, grime, grease, and germs, and they continue to do so until your next weekly treatment!

*We earned the coveted Retailers’ Choice Award” at the 2011 National Hardware Show!

Bugs & Bubbles Soap Company Review

Bugs & Bubbles Soap Company recently contacted me about working with them on a review and I jumped on the opportunity. With a name like Bugs & Bubbles I knew it was something my boys would love and of course, I was right!

Bugs & Bubbles Soap Company offers fun and unique quality soaps for kids and adults. You can purchase a bug bar for the kids, shave soap for your husband, and tea and herb soaps for yourself all in one online shop! Also, if you're looking for the perfect Birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc.. gift, Bugs & Bubbles Soap Co. also offers holiday gifts and gift sets.


We were sent a couple of the traveling critters bug soaps for kids. Having two boys in our house, these bug bars were a huge hit! They are colorful circle soaps with a little plastic bug inside. The bug bars are made with glycerin soap so they're great for Trevors gentle skin and they smell wonderful.


If you're looking for a fun stocking stuffer for the kids I would definitely recommend the individually wrapped traveling critters from Bugs & Bubbles.. You can purchase them individually for $1.75 or you can purchase a multi-pack for $3.35.

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

Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Giveaway *Closed*


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

We recently had the chance to review this movie and we loved it!! You can read all about the movie as well as my review here.





Now for the giveaway... One lucky Life With Two Boys reader will win their very own Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray and DVD combo pack! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.. Be sure to do the mandatory entry or any extra entries will not count!!