Welcome to the LUCKY ’13 New Years Giveaway Hop hosted by BloggerPR! In order to kickoff 2013 with a BANG, BloggerPR decided to organize an event to celebrate the new year with some amazing prizes! Each of our participating bloggers is giving away a prize valued at $20 or more. This event will run from December 29th until January 12th, which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list below. Good Luck & Happy New Year!
Here at Life With Two Boys you have the chance to win a fun kids prize pack that includes a pair of Bailey Berry BB STARS kids shoes and a pair of JBuddies kids headphones (winners choice of color).
Did you know that the average 4-8 year old eats 21 teaspoons of sugar per day? That’s like eating 6 ½ lunch boxes full of sugar per year! Trevor happens to consume most of his sugar from his juice boxes... He just can't get enough of them. That's why I’m super excited to be working with Nestlé Juicy Juice on a review of their brand new product that will help cut down on the amount of sugar kids consume.
Juicy Juice Fruitifuls are an all-natural juice beverage that have 35 percent less sugar than regular juice, yet still deliver refreshing, full taste and a full serving of fruit (1/2 cup) in every juice box. It’s a delicious, easy way to ensure kids get at least one of their daily recommended servings of fruit and it's the perfect alternative for juice hogs like my Trevor.
Sweet Relish- The Secret Sauce of Shopping!
Sweet Relish is a new online shopping tool for organizing discoveries, sharing what you want, and seeing what others like. And best of all, you can actually BUY this stuff. Basically it's like Pinterest for shopping (and who doesn't love Pinterest?!). They call it the "secret sauce" because it's the missing piece from online shopping. It's super easy to check off a birthday or Christmas list with the help of Sweet Relish!
Here's how it works: Step 1- INSTALL THE RELISH BUTTON
The Relish button is an application that allows you to grab items online and add them to your Sweet Relish lists. Step 2- START RELISHING
Create lists as you browse our site and your favorite online shops while grabbing items with the Relish button. Build a birthday wish list, a catalog of your must-have fashions, an inventory of your frequently purchased items, and more. Be creative! Step 3- SHARE YOUR LIST
Through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or email. Step 4- BUY WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT
Come back to your lists anytime to buy your Relished items, which are archived and displayed for easy purchasing.
Trevor is shoe obsessed. He absolutely loves when he gets new shoes and he wears them non-stop for weeks. Well, we recently discovered a new kind of shoes for kids... Bailey Berry shoes... And he was super excited when they offered to send us a pair to review.
About Bailey Berry: Bailey Berry BB STARS are the latest in children’s shoes providing both functional design and fun for kids. This children's shoe is designed to be lightweight and protective. Each pair of shoes features their patented Reversa Strap with four different strap designs that kids can mix & match.
You may remember last month when I said that I would have the opportunity to review the LG Intuition as part of the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program. Well, I've been using the Intuition for about a month now and I absolutely love it. Not familiar with the Intuition? Here's a little info:
Why is the MG so different from any other Wi-Fi device - from smartphones to tablets?
The MG fills a huge void currently experienced by kids and teens who either are not old enough to have their own smartphones, or whose parents have found data plans cost prohibitive. The MG isn’t just a device, it is a system that will mean many kids and teens will finally be able to enter the world of freemium apps, and all of the abilities that come with it, while parents can safely and affordably give it to them.
There is nothing worse when you are falling asleep on the sofa so decide to go to bed hoping to get a good night’s sleep, then once you get there you find that you cannot get comfortable no matter what you do. You place the pillows in various different positions, you turn onto your side, back onto your back and onto your front, but it is not helping.
The longer that this continues, the more frustrated you become, the more uncomfortable you become, so you decide to get up. But this is not always helpful especially if you have to work the next day. You need a good night’s sleep to help you to function, to think clearly and to feel at your best.
Our kitchen is definitely the most unorganized room in the house. There are not enough cabinets, not enough drawers, and not enough counter space. It is honestly beyond cluttered and it drives me crazy. Well, I recently discovered YouCopia and their amazing kitchen organizational products and I was so excited when they agreed to send a product for us to review.
Though I was originally drawn to the CoffeeStack which is a K-Cup organizer, we were sent the Original SpiceStack to review and I am so thrilled with it.
Shape sorters are, in my opinion, a necessity when it comes to learning toys for little ones. Sure kids can learn their shapes by looking in books and watching educational cartoons but isn't hands on experience a lot more rewarding and fun? Well, Toy State brings fun to a whole new level with the CAT Preschool Shape Sorters.
The CAT Preschool Shape Sorters feature traditional shape-sorting play with iconic CAT machine styles including a dump truck and cement mixer. We were recently sent the dump truck to review and although Trevor already knows his shapes he still finds this toy very rewarding.
As I've mentioned before my boys are really into their video games and learning gadgets... Well, having two boys playing two different video games in the same room can tend to get a little loud, not to mention confusing for them since they're hearing two different games at the same time. We were recently introduced to JBuddies kids headphones and I'm so glad we were!
You may remember a few months ago when I reviewed the Z-Curve Bow from Zing Toys. Now let me introduce you to the newest addition to the Air Storm line, the Z-Tek Cross Bow.
Designed for ages 8 and up, the Air Storm Z-Tek Cross Bow is the ultimate foam dart cross bow. It features an innovative extension application that offers two distinct firing modes, short range and Power-Shot. While in short mode watch as the arrow shoots up to 35 feet, perfect for tight spaces. Then switch to Power-Shot mode and see the arrows soar 45 feet. Pick your target, then quickly, load, aim and fire. For the Z-Tek Power-Shot, push and hold the button and extend and lock the body of the cross bow. The amazing Zartz will stick to almost any surface for 15 to 30 seconds then auto-releases.
Having two boys I'm almost positive that skateboards, BMX bikes, and broken bones are going to be a huge part of our lives in the not too distant future. In fact, my boys are already trying out tricks and stunts on their scooters and their Razor FlashRider 360, which Brayden calls his trick bike.
But of course, to be like the pros, you need to capture all of your stunts and flops on film. That is where the Action Shot Camera comes in!
So I've mentioned once or twice that we recently purchased an iPad. Well, having two little iPad obsessed boys I was on the hunt for a case that would offer the utmost protection if the iPad happened to get dropped by said boys. That's when I discovered the Recliner Folio from Domeo.
Domeo offers four different iPad cases that each have different purposes. There's the Loft Folio which elevates your iPad to eye level for more of a desktop and/or theater mode, then we have the Tri-Lounge Lap Desk which is perfect for sitting back and relaxing with your iPad, the Grip Folio that features a hand strap that provides convenient one-handed use while reading or viewing, and lastly we have the Recliner Folio which features a super soft, yet durable tri-fold design offering superior protection for your iPad.
Art ABC is an excellent educational app choice for parents searching iTunes for learning tools to enhance children’s early education. The app combines gorgeous artworks with learning the alphabet in an elegantly simple interface designed to be easy for little fingers to navigate with or without their parents’ help. Art ABC walks kids through the alphabet, but does so in a way that makes learning a process of exploration.
If you are still looking for a few last minute stocking stuffers this holiday season you have got to check out Softlips' new holiday collection. Featuring fun winter flavors like Peppermint Stick, Jack Frosting, and Sugar Plum Berry, they are the Softlips products that we know and love with a fun twist.
I was recently sent a variety of flavors to review and they couldn't have come at a better time. This time of year my nose gets so stuffy from being sick over and over gain and my lips tend to dry out from having to breathe out of my mouth all the time. Well this year, with the help of Softlips lip protectant, my lips are soft, smooth, and smell yummy!
Do you need some last minute help for your child's wish list this year? If your kids are anything like mine and love Scooby-Doo, consider having them visit the new Warner Bros. "Scooby Mystery Workshop" site where they can customize their own holiday gift list!
The site offers Scooby-Doo games, toys, costumes, and fun bedding kids can check off into their wish list to help their parents solve the holiday shopping mystery. Once their favorite Scooby-Doo items are selected, kids can print or email the list to Mom or Dad.
Have you heard of TeenyMates? No? Well, TeenyMates are collectible NFL figures that are perfect for collecting, trading, and playing with.
Designed for sports fans ages 4 and up, one pack of TeenyMates includes 2 collectible NFL Quarterback figures and 2 puzzle pieces... Collect them all and you can build a double sided puzzle that can be a mini poster or football field playset.
As a parent I love to proudly display photos of my boys around the house. But of course I do get tired of the average photo and love to step out of the norm. Well, when PaintYourLife contacted me about reviewing one of their canvas prints I jumped on the opportunity.
While browsing the website I knew exactly what I had in mind... A color splash print! I love the thought of having my boys stand out on a black and grey background. Having taken a few photos at the park a few weeks back I knew they would be perfect!
Both of my boys are really into video games and apps and have been obsessed with our iPad since we bought it a while back. I don't really mind them playing video games and such but as a parent I am always considering the educational value of things and when it comes to games like Angry Birds and Super Mario Bros. I feel that they're not exactly challenging their brains the way they should.
Well, I remember seeing the VTech InnoTab 2S on a commercial a few months ago and decided that it was exactly what I was looking for... Something that is video game-esque but that is more on the educational side. So when I was given the opportunity to review the new VTech InnoTab 2S of course I jumped on it!
Gift Card Weekend is a fantastic event where participating retail partners will give featured offers on gift cards purchased during the holiday season and redeemed during Gift Card Weekend, January 4-6 2013! Current participating brands include:
Trevor is at that age where he's starting to recognize his name and they're even working on tracing it and spelling it in preschool, so I wanted to find the perfect way for him to work on his name practicing at home too... That's when I discovered I See Me!'s My Very Own Name Coloring and Activity Book.
With the My Very Own Name Coloring and Activity Book, kids can learn to recognize letters and spell their name, all with the help of a few animal friends. In this personalized coloring book animals bring letters one by one to spell out your child's first name in rhyme. We were recently sent a book for Trevor to review and it's absolutely perfect.
Raskullz scooters are great three wheeled scooters for kids just learning to scoot! They have two scooters to choose from Pink Cutie Cat and Black Shark Attax both with friendly character heads on the front.
Raskullz also has great children's helmets, backpacks, and bikes. Plus, now through Dec. 31st you can get FREE Shipping! So, if you are still looking for a great Holiday Gift be sure to check them out!
With both of my boys being in school now there are a lot of germs floating around our house so hand washing is important. I always tend to gravitate towards cutesy hand soaps for the bathroom, I feel that helps encourage my boys to want to wash their hands. Well, Dial recently released their limited edition Holiday Collection of foaming hand soap... Talk about cute!
The Holiday Collection features four cheerful designs including Santa, Snowman, Candy Cane, and a Holiday Scene. All of the designs are absolutely adorable and definitely help get you into the holiday spirit. And let's not forget the fact that they smell amazing!
The holiday season is upon us and that means lots of good times to be had with family and friends. It seems like every time you turn around there's a holiday party, gathering, or event to attend, and if you're anything like me you're sitting there wondering what to bring?
Do you bring along a batch of delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies that you know everyone will love or do you step outside of the box and try something new, like perhaps Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower?
Well, there is one thing I know for sure... Whatever I decide to make will be made with Country Crock Spread. Country Crock has always been my go-to and I love that they not only offer their original spread but also different flavored spreads like pumpkin spice and honey spread... YUM!
I was recently provided with a Country Crock Holiday Veggie Kit that helped equip my kitchen for this hectic time of year. So, what's included in the Country Crock Holiday Veggie Kit? Well, there was a coupon for a FREE tub of Country Crock, veggie preparation tips, four Country Crock holiday recipes including Holiday Broccoli Saute, Baked Spiced Squash, Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower, and Easy Creamed Corn, a Vegetable Chop & Measure, and a Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Bronze 12" Frypan.
In our house you can't go wrong when it comes to plush friends. Whether it's an animal, a favorite cartoon character, or a creepy looking monster, if it's stuffed my boys will love it. But what you may not know is that get their love for stuffed animals from me. I was a tad bit obsessed when I was younger as well and I have since passed that obsession onto my boys.
Now, I have obviously toned down my obsession and only have a few stuffed animals of my own, most of which my boys end up stealing anyway. But when GUND offered to send us a couple to review I jumped on the opportunity, and when I saw what they sent I got even more excited.
Have you heard of GUNDimals? GUNDimals are realistic-looking plush animals including dogs, cats, farm animals, and wildlife. What makes these animals so realistic is the fact that the designers use airbrushing and ironing to make them look as real as possible.
We finally broke down and bought an iPad not too long ago and when I was searching for interactive games for Brayden and Trevor I came across the Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station and I knew it would be perfect!
Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station from Duo Games provides app-supported active play for Thomas fans of all ages. Simply download the free Steam Team Station game app from the App Store, purchase the Steam Team Station from retailers nationwide, place your iPad in the Steam Team Station, and you're good to go.
Welcome to the Hoppin’ For The Holidays Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! Christmas is fast approaching and we’re all starting to think about holiday gifts, decorating, and snuggling up under the mistletoe. We’ve all gathered together to bring our readers some amazing prizes that would surely make fantastic holiday gifts this year, so start hopping down the linky below! This event will run from December 13-29th, which means you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways. Good Luck & Happy Holidays!
Here at Life With Two Boys you have the chance to win a Professional Oral Irrigator from ToiletTree Products.
Women and bath and body products pretty much go hand in hand. In my opinion, if you buy a woman perfume or hand lotion you really can't go wrong... Well, unless you buy them something that smells not-so-good. But that is where Bodycology comes in!
Bodycology offers bath and body products in a variety of scents that are sure to please any woman. Not sure what scent they like? Consider purchasing a gift set that comes with multiple scents so they can pick and choose which one they like.
Big Boots are one of the top toys on Brayden and Trevor's Christmas lists this year so you can imagine their excitement when Mattel sent us a Matchbox Big Boots Dino Chopper to review as part of our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.
Not familiar with Big Boots? Big Boots are tiny action figures that always land on their feet. Big Boots characters love to get airborne, and bounce right back up no matter how they land. No matter how you play with Big Boots they're sure to be a hit!
Based on the smash hit, award-winning animated television show produced by Hasbro Studios on The Hub Network, TRANSFORMERS PRIME is now available on Nintendo Wii, Wii U, 3DS, and DS! PRIME lets fans play as their favorite AUTOBOT characters and embark on an action-packed adventure to save the earth from the evil MEGATRON and his new secret weapon. Along the way, gamers cultivate friendships with Jack, Miko and Raf – the human characters from the show – as TEAM PRIME sets out to protect mankind and eliminate the DECEPTICONS once and for all.
Jump Straight into the Action, TRANSFORMERS style – With the fate of humanity on the brink of survival, players will fight through heroic battles in a huge variety of 3rd person action brawling, shooting, driving and melee combat, all the while wielding the power to change form and power up each AUTOBOT with unique weapons and special abilities.
The ultimate NanoSpeed racetrack delivers insane speed, twisted loops and adrenaline filled stunts! Defy gravity as you launch multiple cars into the triple loop, watching them wind their way through an inverted corkscrew and 5 high-intensity intersecting crash points! Every vehicle is automatically boosted to hit maximum speed for intense stunts and crashes! Inside you'll discover two exclusive NanoSpeeds to start your collection of the fastest and most highly collectible pullback vehicles available! Experience massive speed on a micro scale with NanoSpeed!
Both of my boys are huge fans of the Cars movies. I mean, who isn't right?! They're full of adventure, humor, and all-around fun... I know I personally enjoy them almost as much as my boys do. That being said, you would not believe the excitement when Mattel offered to send us a Cars Lightning McQueen Hawk to review this holiday season.
Cars Lightning McQueen Hawk is an interactive Lightning McQueen toy that transforms from an automobile to an action-ready airplane, complete with wings, jet-like engines, and launching missiles, all with a simple pull of his back flap.
Every time we go anywhere that's more than an hour away my boys (like many kids on a long car ride) get so bored. They're constantly asking that nagging question that every parent hates to hear... "Are we there yet?"
We take along toys, books, and video games but the excitement never lasts long. Well, we've always thought about purchasing a portable DVD player but we didn't really know if it would actually get used so we decided against it for the longest time. Audiovox recently sent us their 9" portable DVD player to review and we are seriously kicking ourselves for not purchasing one sooner!
About the Audiovox DS9341 9" Portable DVD w/ Swivel Display:
For portable entertainment that is on the move tune into Audiovox. DVDs or CDs. Home or away. Audiovox portable DVD players can provide hours of enjoyment for the family.
Expand the fantastical new world of LITTLEST PET SHOP Fairies with the FAIRY FUN Rollercoaster Playset, a magical place for fairy pets and their little friends. The LITTLEST PET SHOP fairy friends can climb the stairs and the sliders underneath each pet allow them to glide all the way down the ride’s track. The playset comes complete with one fairy pet and three fairy friends.
Take your battles to the next level with the tops, tools and arena in the BeyBlade Destroyer Dome Set! Get ready for a whole new kind of battle in the Destroyer Dome arena, because this arena is closed, allowing tops zip up the sides for gravity-defying combat! Pit the included 2 tops against each other. Will your Spiral Fox top's tough Defense tip allow it to withstand the attacks of your Cyclone Herculeo top, with its Flat tip for aggressive movement? For even more incredible action in the Destroyer Dome arena, customize your tops with the exclusive Dome Spic Track accessories. Use the G58 for extra gripping power or the V61 for less surface friction. After you've practiced on your own, challenge your friends to a smackdown! You've got everything you need to start battling with the Destroyer Dome set!
My boys have always been into things they can collect. It started out with Silly Bands and Jibbetz and has since moved onto bigger and better things... Meet our newest collection obsession, Trash Pack Trashies!
The Trash Pack is a collection of icky characters named after all of the gross things you might find in your trash can. There are over 100 Trashies to collect, with each one having a different rarity. Kids can collect them, trade them, and play with them with the variety of Trash Pack play sets and accessories.
Moose Toys recently sent us a couple Trash Pack toys to review and they became an instant hit with my boys. We received the Atomic Drum Ooze Chamber, the Wheelie Bin Ooze Slide, and a couple Series 2 Collection Packs.
Remember back in October when I told you about Personal Creations? Well today we're going to talk about their sister brand... RedEnvelope.
RedEnvelope offers a sophisticated line of Christmas gifts, keepsakes and unique décor including personalized Christmas ornaments, jewelry, and even gourmet treats. I was recently provided with a gift code to do a little shopping and purchase a review item from RedEnvelope. So, after browsing RedEnvelope what did I decide on? Well, the yummy gourmet treats of course.
Welcome to the 2nd annual Winter Wonder Week! This year we're giving away $1,250 in prizes... CASH prizes! That's right, we have a Grand Prize of $500 PayPal Cash. 2 Runner Up Prizes of $250 PayPal, 1 $150 Visa Gift Card and a $100 Amazon Gift Card. You could win one, or ALL of them! There are no limits and this giveaway is open worldwide.
Keeping with the tradition, be sure to hop around the linky to find the hidden elf images. There are between 3 and 5 elves on random blogs each day! Each time you find one you get an extra entry in the giveaway.
There are quite a few blogs participating, but you have an entire week to follow them all, so don't get overwhelmed! We're excited to make the holidays fantastic for you and thanks for stopping by! Without further ado - here we go!
Looking for personalized blankets, beautiful keepsakes, or stylish fashion apparel for baby? Well look no further than Elegant Baby! Elegant Baby is a family-owned business that has been creating the very best baby gifts since 1967! They offer everything from baby blankets and baby clothing sets to piggy banks, picture frames and rubber ducks.... All at an affordable price!
I was recently given the opportunity to browse the Elegant Baby website and pick out an item to review. There are so many gorgeous baby gifts to choose from but since my boys are a little too big for a majority of their products I decided on a super cute blanket with a monkey toy that I knew my boys would enjoy.
Diaper bags are a necessity for new moms. They're the best way to have everything your baby needs in one place when you're on the go, visiting friends, or dropping baby off at daycare... But why on earth do diaper bags have to be so unattractive? Yes animals and polka dots are adorable but what about a diaper bag for stylish moms on the go? Hence we have Due Date Bags!
Due Date Bags are fully functional, stylish diaper bags that are absolutely perfect for fashionable moms and moms to be. I was recently sent the Metallic Mama Due Date Bag to review and this bag is absolutely gorgeous and oh-so-perfect!
Prep & Landing Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a high-tech team of elves from an elite unit known as ‘Prep & Landing’ ensures homes around the world are prepared for Santa’s visit. But when two hilarious little elves face unexpected challenges and are pushed to their limits, it’ll take a great big effort to save the season. Enjoy a heartwarming holiday classic sure to make everyone’s Christmas list!