Saturday, April 28, 2012

LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bags Review


Did you know that every day, more than 20 million sandwich bags from school lunches go into landfills in the US? Well thanks to 3GreenMoms, we now have a more eco-friendly alternative to plastic baggies... LunchSkins!

LunchSkins are reusable fabric sandwich bags that come in modern, eye-popping designs. Available in three different sizes including sandwich, sub, and snack, LunchSkins can replace plastic baggies in every lunchbox in the house.


I was recently sent a sandwich and snack bag set of LunchSkins to review. They're so much nicer to stick in Brayden's lunchbox instead of plastic sandwich and snack bags, plus they're helping me on my "green" mission too! Along with being attractive and eco-friendly, LunchSkins are also durable, food safe, and dishwasher safe... What more could you possibly ask for?

Save money and the environment by sending your kids to school with LunchSkins instead of plastic baggies. Order online today at www.lunchskins.com.

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

Guest Post: Rise of the Mompreneur


Mompreneur (mom-pruh-noor)  A woman who juggles raising a family, managing a business and keeping up a household.  Also see:  Rock Star

It’s estimated that there are currently over four million moms in the United States that are in business for themselves.  Mompreneurs, as I so lovingly refer to them, are sweeping the nation, illustrating the fact that it is possible to be a successful business owner and mom at the same time.  It’s no wonder there are so many mompreneurs in this day and age.  Between the lack of affordable and quality child care and the need for families to earn as much extra income as possible in these trying economic times, moms are more motivated now than ever before to get their businesses off the ground.  Now they can provide for their families with the extra income they need while staying home to raise their children.

I am one of those moms.  Five years ago, as I was pregnant with my second child, I decided that it would not be worth it to pay for childcare for two children while I worked hard away from my family to barely take home anything extra.  It was then that I decided that I needed to find a way to have my own business that I could run from home.  Since my background was in multifamily marketing and management, it was a challenge to come up with something I could do from home that was related to my education and experience.  My wheels were spinning for months trying to come up with the right option, when finally it hit me and my multifamily marketing company was born.  Throughout the next couple of years, I built my business through a lot of trial and error, research and hard work.  I was quite proud of my “third baby.”  It was quite successful and allowed me to provide for my family while having the flexibility to be home with my boys.

Purex "Let’s Be Honest" Campaign begins April 30th

On April 30th Purex will launch their new Let’s Be Honest promotional campaign featuring Second City Comedian Molly Erdman. They've created a funny series of short video vignettes sharing honest moments that reflect the ironic truths of everyday Life, Laundry, and Whatever.

And… the campaign will also offer a sweepstakes. Everyday one lucky entrant will win a year’s supply of Purex detergent!

Through mid July, there will be new funny videos uploaded every few days at www.purex.com, plus posts on Facebook and promotional tweets on Twitter. The daily sweepstakes will run through July 24th.

Disclosure: As a Purex Insider I will receive free product coupons for sharing this info with my readers. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Coffee cups for the eco-conscious from Repurpose Compostables

As I've mentioned before I'm working on becoming more eco-friendly so I've been switching out a few of my favorite products for green ones. Recently I was introduced to Repurpose Compostables who just so happen to make the word's greenest coffee cup and I was thrilled when they sent me a pack to review.

I'm not actually a coffee drinker but I love my cappuccino and I especially love taking it with me to the bus stop on cold mornings but styrofoam cups and even regular paper cups are not very eco-friendly... That's where Repurpose Compostables comes in.

 

Most insulated cups are made by adding additional layers of paper, but the Repurpose insulated hot cup use their patented insulation material on a single wall cup, making them more environmentally friendly. The technology behind the cups keeps hot drinks warmer longer and also prevents heat from escaping without the need of sleeves or double-cupping. Their insulated cup is also chlorine free and uses soy-based inks, but best of all these cups generate less CO2 than a traditional paper cup when produced due to it’s Ingeo lining, and can be composted in 90 days.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My weight loss journey is about to begin thanks to Nutrisystem! #NSNation


Like a lot of moms I struggle with my weight. It all started when I gained 80 pounds during my second pregnancy... Yes you read that right, 80 POUNDS! I'm not really sure how or why I gained that much, but I started out at 130 pounds and on the day I gave birth I weighed 210.

Luckily, I lost 50 pounds within 6 weeks of giving birth but I've never been able to take off the rest. I've tried various diets, but nothing ever seems to stick. The past three years my weight has fluctuated between 160 and 175 for the most part, but over the past few months the pounds kept coming and it saddens me to say that right now I'm 185, which is the heaviest I've been since Trevor was born.

Well, thanks to the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program I'm going to be provided with the meals and support I need to hopefully get my body where I want it to be. I know I'll never look the way I did before I was a mom, but I would love to be able to say that I'm happy with the way I look and unfortunately right now I can't say that.

Over the next 4 months I'll be participating in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program and I'm super excited to see how my weight loss journey is going to turn out. I hope you'll stop by and read my weekly posts to see how I'm doing and to offer your encouragement along the way!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem is providing their program and support services free of charge in exchange for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.

Be prepared with the Baby Mama Saver- Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Have you ever been in a rush to get out of the house and forgot to grab the diaper bag? Well thanks to the Baby Mama Saver you no longer have to worry!

The Baby Mama Saver from Mini Savers is a convenient little pouch filled with almost everything you may need when you're out and about. Simply throw it in your purse or stash it in your glove box for those inevitable uh-oh's you're sure to encounter when you're a mom.


Send mom flowers this Mother's Day with the help of From You Flowers



Mother's Day is right around the corner and you're probably sitting there trying to figure out what to buy for your mom this year, wondering "what's the best way to say I Love You?"... Well I don't know about you but I don't know a single woman that wouldn't be happy with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers.

Thanks to From You Flowers and their wide variety of floral arrangements ordering flowers is easy. Simply browse their website for the perfect arrangement, put in the recipients zip code and your personal message, and a local florist will hand deliver the perfect Mother's Day flowers to your mom. And best of all, they offer next day delivery in case you forgot all about mom's special day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Purse Gummy- Making it a little easier to be Super Mom!



As a mom you pretty much have to be super woman... You have to carry your purse on your shoulder, ten bags of groceries in one hand, and a kid in the other. And seriously, how annoying is it when you're in the middle of carrying a million things and you have to drop them all because your purse slips off your shoulder? Well luckily for us super moms, the Purse Gummy was invented!

What's the Purse Gummy? Besides from being one of the best inventions ever, the Purse Gummy is a flexible, grippy, silicone strip specially designed with a high coefficient of friction to prevent your purse from slipping off your shoulder. Cool, right?


I was recently given the opportunity to try these things first hand and all I can say is wow! It's so much easier to be super mom when my purse stays in place. I can grocery shop, walk around the mall, carry Trevor, push the stroller, and probably many other things without my purse slipping. But best of all, the Purse Gummy is completely hidden so no one even knows it's there.

Yo Gabba Gabba Bedding Review and Prize Pack Giveaway *Closed*

Remember last week when I told you about the new Yo Gabba Gabba DVD "Super Spies"? Well today I have even more exciting news... There is now fun and colorful Yo Gabba Gabba bedding available ONLY at Walmart stores nationwide!

We were recently sent one of the new blankets to review and all I can say is WOW! This blanket is so soft and cuddly and of course it's awesome because it's Yo Gabba Gabba. But what's really great about this blanket is the fact that it's machine washable... Having two pets it seems like I constantly have to wash blankets and stuffed animals because they get covered with hair, and it's so convenient to just be able to throw it into the washer and not have to worry about it.


Along with several adorable and ultra soft blankets, Walmart also carries a 4-piece toddler bedding set, at a great price of only $34, and fun pillow pals of all the Yo Gabba Gabba characters. Trevor is begging for one of the pillow pals to go with his new blanket so we'll be heading to Walmart sometime soon to pick one out.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Giveaway Event Sponsor Spotlight: Urielle Luxury Hair Care


I know I've mentioned once or twice (or maybe a hundred times) that I have frizzy hair. Most of the time it's pretty manageable, but other times especially during the humid summer months it's one big ball of frizz right on top of my head. Hence why I usually just throw it up in a pony tail!

Recently I was introduced to Urielle, a new line of luxury hair care products, and I was sent their Revital-Treatment to review. Urielle's Revital-Treatment is a restorative and conditioning styling treatment for all hair types. This leave in treatment is a weightless formula infused with natural restorative extracts from around the world. Enriched with vital nutrients and rejuvenating vitamins, it seals in moisture, softens and conditions all hair types, while leaving no residue or weighing hair down.


Whether your hair has been damaged by chemical procedures or excessive heat styling, or is simply unmanageable for a variety of reasons, Urielle Revital-Treatment has the ability to restore, strengthen, and increase your hairs elasticity thanks to it's all natural extracts.

Micah & Company Launches New Mother-Baby Boutique and Celebrates with Week-long Sale


Horn Lake, MS. – Micah & Company has launched a brand new online boutique, featuring numerous new gift items for mom, baby and home. The new website can be found at www.micahcobaby.com. Micah & Company is celebrating its expanded inventory with discounts and giveaways April 23 – 28.

In addition to a fresh new look, the new site features a variety of new personalized gift ideas. “We expanded the site in an effort to appeal to the modern mom, baby and family,” said Kyna Woollery, owner of Micah & Company. “Our new offerings are things that stylish moms want and others will be proud to give as gifts.”

Some of the trendiest new items now found at Micah & Company is the personalized iPhone covers and iPad cases. These new personalized cases are both trendy and functional. They are completely customizable, look great and protect your devices. The site has also added an entire new Home Décor Boutique to the already existing Baby, Toddler and Mom Boutiques.

To celebrate the site’s grand opening, a number of promotions will run April 23 - 28. There will be giveaways on the company’s Facebook page and daily discounts. Here is a sampling of what you can save this week with Micah & Company:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Giveaway Event Sponsor Spotlight: InfraShine


I'm about to admit something that most women would think I was crazy for... Up until a couple months ago I didn't own a curling iron... I know, crazy right?

You see, I generally wear my hair one of two ways... Either up in a messy pony tail or down and straightened. If I wanted the ends of my layers to flip out, I would just use my flat iron. If I wanted my hair to be wavy, I would just use a round brush with my blow dryer. Well let me tell you, since I was sent the InfraShine Spring Curling Iron to review, I now know what I was missing all these years.

InfraShine Spring Curling Irons use only real ceramic infused barrels that are powder coated and highly polished for the ultimate in smoothness. The PTFC heating elements work like a brick oven and hold in moisture that smooth and defrizz even the coarsest hair adding controlled curls, waves or bends where desired along with unbelievable shine.


Having frizzy hair, I was definitely a skeptic but let me just say I love this curling iron. I use my flat iron to straighten my hair, then I run over it with the InfraShine curling iron to create a little flip and the end result is a shiny, silky masterpiece. I will never go back to simply using a flat iron again!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Giveaway Event Sponsor Spotlight: Initials, Inc.


"There’s only one you!" Isn't that so true? That is the core company message behind Initials, Inc products. Initials, Inc is a premier personalized handbag and accessories company offering a wide variety of totes, handbags, wallets, and other accessories... All of which are personalized for FREE!

Lori Bridgeman, Independent Creative Leader with Initials, Inc, recently sent me an adorable Resort Tote from their Summer catalog to review. The Resort Tote is one of Initials, Incs top selling items and comes back year after year in a variety of different fabrics. Perfect for taking kids to the pool, a day at the beach, and even for weekend getaways, The Resort tote is super roomy and can hold everything you need.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Giveaway Event Sponsor Spotlight: Mod Straps Camera Accessories


I don't know a single mom that doesn't love taking pictures of their kiddos... Whether it's baby's first step, their first day of kindergarten, or high school graduation... Mom's love to take pictures of special events in their kids lives. Well, Mod Straps is here to make that oh so special picture-taking camera a little more attractive with their premium strap collection and stylish cap savers!

What makes Mod so special, besides their quality camera accessories, is the fact that it is a mother and daughter owned business. It all started when daughter, Amber, was searching for a new camera strap but all she could find were low quality straps in limited basic styles and colors. With her mom Jeannie’s help, Mod Straps was born! Now, Mod offers the most stylish and highest quality camera straps on the market and takes great pride in the fact that all their products are manufactured exclusively in the USA.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Personalized Stationary from Sugarsticks Parties Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Do your kids love to read? Do they have a million books and always fight over whose is whose? Well, I have got the solution for you... Personalized book plates from Sugarsticks Parties.

"Sugarsticks Parties is a locally owned mom-run stationery business. Ivona designs and creates personalized party décor, wedding suites and other stationery items that make life lovelier. Find out more at www.sugarsticksparties.com where Ivona shares the giggles and whimsy of her creations and delightful party inspiration."

I was recently sent a few stationary products from Sugarsticks Parties including book plates and book marks for both of my boys in their favorite designs. Available in several fun designs including dinosaurs, cupcakes, construction, and bicycles, the book plates and matching book marks are perfect for any kid who loves to read. They can easily add the book plates to the inside cover of any book so there's no more fighting!

Bubble Guppies is coming to DVD May 1st! Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Are your little one's fans of the hit Nickelodeon preschool series, Bubble Guppies? I know mine are, and they were so excited when they found out the first-ever Bubble Guppies DVD was coming out on May 1st!


Synopsis: Come discover the vibrant 3D underwater world of a group of diverse preschoolers with colorful fish tails in the brand-new DVD, Bubble Guppies. Set to a soundtrack of catchy pop songs, Bubble Guppies infuses the core elements of kindergarten readiness, including: math, literacy, the arts, science and socio-emotional development. The DVD features a special double-length episode, “Bubble Puppy’s Fin-Tastic Fairytale,” guest-starring Wanda Sykes. The episode will premiere in prime-time on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. In addition, families can enjoy two extra Bubble Guppies episodes, and DVD exclusive special features including a “Create Your Own Bubble Guppy” game, karaoke music videos and a jukebox song selection. Bubble Guppies closed 2011 as the top preschool series across all TV with kids 2-5. Bubble Guppies will be released by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution on May 1, 2012, and sold for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Moms Do It Better…In the Kitchen Giveaway Event *TONS of awesome prizes!* *Closed*

Introducing the Moms Do It Better…In the Kitchen Giveaway event! We have a huge selection of amazing prizes for our readers and can’t wait to see you win!

  Moms Do It Better In the Kitchen

Moms Do It Better is a great community for bloggers that offers interactive blogging courses, networking, sponsorship opportunities, and a meeting ground to connect with Brands and PR. The site is free to join and there are still amazing things to come! We believe when it comes to blogging, Moms Do It Better!

Let’s move on to the prizes, shall we?! Here is what you can win by entering the Moms Do It Better…In the Kitchen Giveaway:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bloggers: What A Woman Wants Giveaway Event accepting sign-ups now!


Butler Bag, Mom to Bed by 8, Iowa-Mom and Oh! My Heartsie is excited to present the What A Woman Wants Event from May 11th to May 25th

This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now.

Join the What A Woman Wants Giveaway event today, grow your readership and offer one amazing prize package including a Butler Bag (RV$215), $50 Cash, Jewelry, Skincare, Bath products and more!

Sign up today! 
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Bubble Fun with Imperial Toy Glow Fusion- Review


My boys love bubbles and they're obsessed with anything that glows in the dark, so when I learned that Imperial Toy recently introduced their Glow Fusion Bubble Solution I knew it would be a hit... And I was right!

We were recently sent the new Super Miracle Bubbles Glow Fusion Hi-Beam Sabre to review and Brayden and Trevor couldn't wait to try it out. Luckily, we've had some pretty decent weather so far this Spring so we were able to take it outside and give it a try, but not without first activating the glow solution.

You see, Glow Fusion Bubble Solution begins with simple Super Miracle Bubbles Solution then you add their special formulated Infusion Activators (A & B) that make your bubbles have a super cool orange glow! Once the bubbles were activated, we used the provided funnel to pour our solution into the wand and we were ready to go.

The bubbles are glowing!

Mom ME Time Giveaway Event *2 winners* US only *Closed*


Welcome to the Mom ME Time Giveaway Event coordinated by The Maven of Social Media, Formula Mom, and Tales From the Nursery! This event will take place from 12:01am EST on April 22nd through 11:59pm EST on April 28th.

Mother's Day is fast approaching and we want to help YOU find the perfect gift for that special woman in your life (or to treat yourself - we won't judge)! Every blog participating in this event will feature awesome gifts that are perfect for giving to moms on Mother's Day. Each prize will be valued at $25+ plus we have a couple awesome grand prizes that are available for a couple lucky readers. We really want to help all our fellow mamas out there to get a little bit of ME time and hopefully these prizes will help do just that!

Two lucky winners will receive (1) $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Cars by Spa Week to help pamper themselves and massage the stress away. Spa & Wellness Gift Cards are accepted at over 5,000 spa locations across North America. A third lucky winner will receive a Godiva coffee and breakfast gift basket sure to pamper their taste buds. The gift cards are open to US and Canada while the gift basket is open to US only. So be sure to enter the Grand Prizes!

Enter to win the grand Prize HERE!

Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win 1 of 2 awesome prize packs! Click on each link to read my review and learn more about the product, then enter using the Rafflecopter form below.