Friday, November 4, 2011

Carmex Healing Lotion and Healing Cream Review and Giveaway *Closed*

It's that time of year when we need to start thinking about protecting our skin from drying out due to the cold winter weather. I for one, hate the way my hands feel when they're not moisturized. As a woman I feel that my hands should be silky and smooth no matter what time of year it is. Luckily for me Carmex, a brand that I personally love, has created a new skin care line to help soothe and moisturize my dry skin.


As a member of the Carmex Blog Squad I received their new Healing Lotion and Healing Cream in full and travel sizes to review. First lets talk about the new Carmex Healing Lotion... This lotion is perfect for daily use to help protect your skin and keep it from drying out. It absorbs fast without leaving your skin feeling greasy and has a light, pleasant scent.

The Carmex Healing Cream is perfect to use on your driest skin, which for me is my elbows and knees. The healing cream has nine special ingredients that heal and repair your dry, rough, cracked skin. It too absorbs fast for a non greasy feel and has a nice pleasant scent.

The new Skin Care Collection from Carmex can be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart. The full size tube retails for $5.99 each or you can purchase a smaller size tube which is perfect to keep in your purse, diaper bag, or overnight bag for only $.99.

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The kit includes:
*1 Carmex Healing Lotion
*1 Carmex Healing Cream
*1 Travel size Carmex Healing Lotion
*1 Travel size Carmex Healing Cream

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Kidtoons Thomas & Friends Prize Pack Giveaway *Closed*


It's a new month and that means Kidtoons has a new feature movie. This month Kidtoons is proud to present: Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels!

Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels Synopsis: The Steamies and the Diesels face off in this action-packed movie adventure! When a fire breaks out on the Island of Sodor, two new firefighting engines - Flynn and Belle - join Thomas and Percy to save the day! When Thomas starts spending all his time with Sodor's newest heroes, Percy is left feeling alone. Diesel sees this and invites Percy to the Dieselworks, where Percy is made to feel special by none other than the master of mischief Diesel 10! But Percy doesn't know that he is part of Diesel 10's master plan to take over the Sodor Steamworks. Can Percy lead the Steam Team to reclaim the Steamworks or will the Diesels make it their new home? It's full steam ahead to sure-fire excitement in this all-new movie from Thomas & Friends™!

Here's a fun printable coloring sheet for your little Thomas fans:

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In honor of Kidtoons November feature, they are offering one Life With Two Boys reader a fun Thomas & Friends prize pack!


The prize pack includes: 
*One Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ Cranky & Flynn Save the Day! (Fisher-Price, retail value $75)
*One Thomas theatrical one-sheet/movie poster

This would make a wonderful Christmas gift!!

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CATDOG Season 1- Part 1 DVD Review

CATDOG Season 1- Part 1
Featuring The First 10 Episodes From The First Season
Available on DVD today!

Running in circles has never been funnier or more exasperating unless you’re CatDog. Nickelodeon’s fraternal twins arrive kicking and screaming on DVD, October 18, 2011 from Shout! Factory. Featuring the first 10 episodes from the show’s premiere season, CatDog: Season 1 - Part 1 follows the adventures of the feline-canine brothers Cat and Dog, conjoinedtwins, who adore and irritate each other like fleas. Long anticipated by fans, CatDog: Season One - Part One has not been available in stores until now. A must have for fans of Nickelodeon, cartoon fanatics and DVD collectors, the two-disc DVD set has a suggested retail price of $19.93.

Like all of Nickelodeon’s classic shows, CatDog: Season One - Part One features an all-star voice cast, which includes Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko’s Modern Life), Jim Cummings (The Super Hero Squad Show, Reno 911) and Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents, Rocko’s Modern Life).


A fan favorite, CatDog: Season One - Part One, is a tale of opposites attached starring CatDog, the most unlikely brother duo ever seen. The conjoined brothers love each other yet they are so different, they can’t help but annoy themselves silly with their contrarian activities. Prim and proper, Cat is the very definition of culture, while Dog is the ultimate tail-wagging, sofa-jumping, car-chasing roughneck. But despite their very different personalities, CatDog are the best of friends, sticking to one another — literally — through thick and thin, even when it comes to facing off against their devious neighbor Winslow and the rough ’n’ tough gang of Greaser Dogs!

Created by Peter Hannan, CatDog premiered on Nickelodeon in1998 and ran for four seasons until 2001. Reruns aired onNicktoons from 2002 to 2011.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Etsy Review and Giveaway: MyMaddyClaire Owl Pillow *Closed*

I have recently become a fan of Shabby Owls.. I'm not really sure why I just love the look of them. When I was browsing etsy one day I came across these really cute owl pillows from MyMaddyClaire and immediately wanted one.

I was so thrilled when LeAnn, owner of MyMaddyClaire, agreed to to send me one of her adorable owl pillows to review. I was sent a Madeline Owl Pillow. This owl pillow is made with plush fabrics and is super soft. It's the perfect combination of pink and brown with a few other colors mixed in.


You can purchase an owl pillow from MyMaddyClaire for $29.99 and she will even make a custom owl for you in your preferred colors. Each owl pillow is made to order so they do take a while to come once you order them, but in my opinion they are worth the wait!

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Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Volume 3 DVD Review

Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Volume 3
Own it on DVD today!

Synopsis: Take one blue and white domestic cat. Add one small brown house mouse. Mix in a handful of chases, stir in a few falling anvils and top off with one brutish bulldog named Spike. Yields 14 delightful cartoons! This fast and funny collection rises to the occasion with a crazy camping trip (Sasquashed), a chase through a carnival?s haunted house (Spook House Mouse), an Alaskan adventure (Northern Light Fish Fight) and an encounter with an abominable snow rodent (Snow Mouse). But the most outrageous moment of all comes when Tom and Jerry set aside their differences and join forces against beach muscleheads Spike and Butch in Beach Bully Bingo. Endless fun is the main course served up in this new all-family feast of animated fun.

Our thoughts: I grew up loving Tom and Jerry so of course I'm thrilled to be able to share them with my boys. Brayden and Trevor absolutely love Tom and Jerry as much as I used to. They think they're funny and they really enjoy watching them.

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

Etsy Review and Giveaway: Sewingmommy Super Hero Cape *Closed*

As I've mentioned before my boys love superheroes and they love to dress up like superheroes.. But their problem is they never know which superhero they want to be.. One minute it's Spider-Man, then Superman, then they want to be Joker, it constantly changes. That's why I love Sewingmommy's reversible superhero capes.


Sewingmommy's reversible superhero capes come with one emblem and cape color on one side and a different emblem and cape color on the other side. They're the perfect capes for kids that indecisive like mine. We received the Batman and Superman reversible cape to review. This cape is wonderful! It's made to fit kids ages 2 to 8 so it's the perfect size for both of my boys and it's double stitched for extra durability during rough play.

  
   
The reversible capes can also be personalized with your childs name and emblem instead of superheroes if you prefer. And for you mom's with little girls, Sewingmommy also makes capes for girls with princesses, Batgirl, and other cutesy, girly emblems.

You can purchase a reversible superhero cape from Sewingmommy for $24 or you can add a reversible mask for a total of $26.50. Along with superhero capes, Sewingmommy also offers tutu's, key fobs, nursing covers, pacifier holders, and a few other items in her etsy shop. Use code: Ilovemykids2011 for 10% off your order.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop (week 14)



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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.

Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer Review and Giveaway *Closed*


My boys have always loved playing with cars and trucks. Brayden's starting to outgrow them a little bit but Trevor is still obsessed with anything that has wheels. We were recently sent a Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer from Funrise Toys to review and Trevor couldn't be happier.

Product description:
Take on heavy-duty fun with the Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer. This large free-wheeling truck rolls in on big treaded tires. The Cement Mixer features a multi-action trigger-lever built right in. Pull and rev-up the lever and watch the sparks fly in the arm’s window as the truck rumbles. Squeeze the lever’s trigger to rotate and mix in the cement barrel. When the mixing is done, barrel is removable for easy cleaning. Tonka Strong Arms built for Kid Powered Fun! No batteries required.

Trevor absolutely loves the Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer. The handle is easy for his little hands to grasp, though he does have some trouble squeezing the trigger to make the mixer spin. The cement mixer is the perfect size for him to push around the house, which happens to be one of his favorite things to do, and it's durable enough for him to crash into things without it breaking. The rumbling and sparking are both great features that are very intriguing to him.


If you have a little guy who loves trucks I would definitely recommend a Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer for him.. It's a fun toy for kids and the best part is that it's kid-powered so it doesn't require any batteries! You can purchase the award winning cement mixer and other Tonka Strong Arm toys at major retailers nationwide including Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us to name a few and online at Amazon.com.

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Under the Tree Sponsor Spotlight: MindWare Imaginets


Life With Two Boys has teamed up with Mommy's Reviews and Giveaways to host the Under the Tree Giveaway Event. This event will be taking place from November 8th through 14th and will feature child-themed giveaways. Make sure you come back then to enter to win some gifts for under your tree!


Now I'd like to introduce you to another one of the amazing sponsors for this event.. MindWare. MindWare offers educational learning toys for kids of all ages. Whether you're searching for early learning toys or books and brainteasers for your older children, MindWare is sure to have something your kids will love!

We were sent Imaginets to review and Brayden loves them. Imaginets are made to boost fine motor and visual thinking skills in children ages 3 and up. While Trevor is a little young for this particular set it is perfect for Brayden. He absolutely loves replicating the design challenges with the magnets and gets so excited when he can can do them by himself.

 

Check out the video below to learn more about Imaginets:






You can purchase Imaginets for your little thinker for $29.95 at www.mindware.comBe sure to come back between November 8th and 14th for your chance to win Imaginets to put under your tree this Christmas!

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

$5 off Coupon for Cars 2 5-Disc Combo Pack


I'm sure a lot of little one's will be adding this to their Christmas lists this year.. Print this coupon to save $5 off your purchase of the Cars 2 5-Disc Combo Pack but hurry this coupon is available for 1 week only!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tablet Time Giveaway Winner

Out of 65,149 total entries the winner of the Tablet Time [iPad2 OR $550 Cash] giveaway is... Becca Pressnall. Congratulations!

Crazy, Stupid, Love Available on Blu-ray & DVD Today!


Crazy, Stupid, Love
Available on Blu-ray & DVD November 1st (today)!

Synopsis: At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. 

In today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome lothario Jacob Palmer (Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. 

Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie (Bobo), is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Tipton), who harbors a major crush of her own... on Cal. And even Jacob’s new-woman-every-night modus operandi is challenged when he tries his best lines on Hannah (Stone), a girl he just can’t seem to get out of his mind—maybe because she’s the first woman he’s ever met who doesn’t think this professional player has any game. 

Kellogg's FiberPlus Review and Giveaway *5 winners* Closed

It is so hard to find foods that are good for you that also taste great, especially if you're anything like me and have a horrible sweet tooth. I was recently introduced to Kellogg's FiberPlus cereal and cereal bars and not only do these provide 35% of your daily fiber but they're also delicious!

Available in caramel coconut fudge, chocolate chip, dark chocolate almond, and chocolatey peanut butter, the Kellogg's FiberPlus cereal bars are my favorite! They taste so good, it's almost like you're eating a chewy candy bar instead of a cereal bar. The cereal is available in caramel pecan crunch, berry yogurt crunch (which actually provides 40% of your daily fiber, and cinnamon oat crunch. I was sent the berry yogurt crunch and caramel pecan crunch cereals and these are very tasty as well!


Not only are Kellogg's FiberPlus products a great source of fiber but they also contain whole grains as well as antioxidants. As I'm getting older i'm starting to realize that these are all very important to maintaining a healthy life and i'm so glad Kellogg's FiberPlus is allowing me to eat yummy foods while getting the proper amount of nutrients my body needs.

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Kellogg's FiberPlus cereal, cereal bars, and waffles can be purchased at grocery stores nationwide as well as www.kelloggsfiberplus.com.

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Disney Cars 2 Available on Blu-ray/DVD Today!

To celebrate Disney's release of CARS 2 on Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack, we present you with delicious recipes your entire family will enjoy… Eat up at the next pit stop!!


Download Printable Cars 2 Recipes!
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Under the Tree Sponsor Spotlight: Alex Toys Twist & Drill


Life With Two Boys has teamed up with Mommy's Reviews and Giveaways to host the Under the Tree Giveaway Event. This event will be taking place from November 8th through 14th and will feature child-themed giveaways. Make sure you come back then to enter to win some gifts for under your tree!


Now I'd like to introduce you to another one of the amazing sponsors for this event.. Alex Toys. Alex Toys offers a wide variety of arts and crafts for kids as well as bath toys, infant plush toys, and even a line of toys geared for toddlers and preschoolers called "Little Hands". The Little Hands line is specifically designed for the physical, cognitive and practical needs of toddlers and preschoolers.

We have worked with Alex Toys in the past and were very happy with their products so we were thrilled to receive a Twist & Drill playset from them to review. The twist & drill playset comes with a real battery-powered reversible drill developed specifically for little hands as well as 3 plastic drill bits and 28 chunky plastic nuts and bolts to build 4 cars with spinning wheels. Brayden and Trevor both love this toy! Trevor isn't quite three yet so he doesn't have all of the coordination he needs to use the drill properly but with a little help he can build and take apart the cars like a pro!


You can purchase a Twist & Drill playset from Alex Toys for $32.95. Be sure to come back between November 8th and 14th for your chance to win one to put under your tree this Christmas!

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

Monday, October 31, 2011

Imagine Toys- Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope Review


About Imagine Toys: Imagine Toys is a specialty toy store guided by a mission of providing quality toys that encourage children to use their imaginations We’re picky about the toys we select and strive to offer unique toys and accessories that are fresh and different from what you might find at a mass-market toy store. Imagine Toys buyers are parents themselves and have taken the time to test products with children of appropriate age to make sure our products offer plenty of fun and educational play value.

Imagine Toys takes the guess work out of shopping.. If you're looking for a toy thats fun and educational that lets your child use their imagination you will definitely find it at Imagine Toys. Their website is super easy to navigate and you can shop by category, age, interest, price range, and/or brand making it quick and easy to find what you're looking for.

  

When I was contacted by Imagine Toys about reviewing a toy that they carry on their website I jumped on the opportunity. They asked for the ages and interests of my boys and sent us a toy they thought my boys would love.. And they were right! 

We were sent a GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope from Educational Insights to review. The microscope comes with 12 slides of common bugs that are easy to slide onto the microscope. Kids can choose to learn facts about the bugs or to take a quiz. This is perfect for Brayden because he is a very inquisitive child, always wanting to know everything about everything. While Trevor is a little young for the microscope and doesn't quite understand how to work it they both really enjoy it!

Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2 DVD Review

Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2
Own it on DVD Today!

Synopsis: In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over—to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis—will found out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. Based upon characters from DC Comics.

Our thoughts: As I've mentioned many times before my boys (especially Brayden) love super heroes so he was thrilled to sit down yesterday afternoon and watch this move while Trevor was napping. This particular DVD contains 4 episodes and is approximately 90 minutes long and Brayden was so into it that he sat there and watched the entire thing without a sound. My boys are talkers (they get that from their mom) so very rarely do they get through an entire movie without saying a word.. I guess that means he liked it!

**Buy It**
You can purchase Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2 on DVD today at www.wbshop.com or at Amazon.com.


Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2 on DVD for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Under the Tree Sponsor Spotlight: Sprig Toys Scuba Search


Life With Two Boys has teamed up with Mommy's Reviews and Giveaways to host the Under the Tree Giveaway Event. This event will be taking place from November 8th through 14th and will feature child-themed giveaways. Make sure you come back then to enter to win some gifts for under your tree!


Now I'd like to introduce you to one of the amazing sponsors for this event.. Sprig Toys. Sprig Toys is an eco-friendly company that makes children's toys from Sprigwood, which is a durable, child-safe, bio-composite material made from bits of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. Sprig Toys are paint free because they dye Sprigwood during the production process. And the best thing about Sprig Toys is that they are kid powered so there is no need for expensive batteries.

I was sent a Scuba Search playset from Sprig Toys to review and this has become one of Trevors favorite toys. It's the perfect size for him to take in the car as well as shopping carts and his stroller when we're out and about. The adventure guides scuba gear is very easy to take on and off so Trevor doesn't need any help when playing with this toy and I love it because it really allows him to use his imagination.


You can purchase a Scuba Search playset or any other kid powered toys from Sprig at www.sprigtoys.com. Be sure to come back between November 8th and 14th for your chance to win a Scuba Search playset to put under your tree this Christmas!

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

Under the Tree Sponsor Spotlight: Green Toys Pizza Parlor


Life With Two Boys has teamed up with Mommy's Reviews and Giveaways to host the Under the Tree Giveaway Event. This event will be taking place from November 8th through 14th and will feature child-themed giveaways. Make sure you come back then to enter to win some gifts for under your tree!


Now I'd like to introduce you to one of the amazing sponsors for this event.. Green Toys. Green Toys is an eco-friendly company that makes children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. Offering fun toys for girls and boys including blocks, trucks, tea/dishes sets, sand toys, and even gardening sets, Green Toys is sure to have something your little ones will love!

My boys are HUGE fans of Green Toys! We had the opportunity to work with them in the past and are very happy to be working with them again. We were sent a Green Toys Pizza Parlor to review and my boys were thrilled. They played with it nonstop the day it came and have played with it nearly every day since. Even their friends love this set.. When we have playdates at our house the pizza parlor is the first thing their friends grab to play with.

Green Toys Pizza Parlor details: This colorful 27-piece set features four slices that can be stacked with toppings galore to dish up any personal pie. Each realistic part is made in the USA from food-safe 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each pizza ingredient is interchangeable with other Green Toys stacking play food products and fits on Green Toys kitchen sets. The set includes 4 pizza crusts, 20 pizza toppings (4 sauce, 4 cheese, 4 sets pepperoni, 2 sets mushrooms, 2 sets onions, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 red tomato, and 1 green tomato), pizza cutter, Pizza Parlor order forms, and pizza "delivery" box. Take out or deliver this Good Green Fun™! No BPA, PVC, phthalates, or external coatings. Meets FDA food contact standards. Dishwasher safe.

You can purchase a Green Toys Pizza Parlor for $27.99. Be sure to come back between November 8th and 14th for your chance to win a Pizza Parlor to put under your tree this Christmas!

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

Under the Tree Sponsor Spotlight: Maukilo HABA Beads Traffic


Life With Two Boys has teamed up with Mommy's Reviews and Giveaways to host the Under the Tree Giveaway Event. This event will be taking place from November 8th through 14th and will feature child-themed giveaways. Make sure you come back then to enter to win some gifts for under your tree!


Now I'd like to introduce you to one of the amazing sponsors for this event.. Maukilo. Maukilo offers the largest online selection of wooden toys and accessories, furniture and décor, pretend play and outdoor toys for babies, toddlers and kids ages four to 10+ years of age.

We were lucky enough to work with Maukilo this past Summer on a review of the HABA spilling funnel and are so thrilled that they agreed to sponsor this event. This time we were sent a HABA Beads Traffic to review. The HABA Beads Traffic includes a wooden threader, cord, and 8 wooden beads for threading. This toy encourages hand eye coordination and fine motor skills making it perfect for Trevor.

 

If you have a little car lover this is the perfect toy for them. You can purchase the HABA Beads Traffic for $22.49 at www.maukilo.com. Be sure to come back between November 8th and 14th for your chance to win a HABA Beads Traffic to put under your tree this Christmas!


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