Saturday, May 12, 2012

Enter to win a FREE 1 hour massage from Massage Envy! *Closed*

People deserve to be pampered and what better way to be pampered by a FREE 1 hour massage from Massage Envy? Whether you're a stay home mom, a full time student, or work 40+ hours a week, we all have stress as well as aches and pains that need to be tended to... That's what's so great about Massage Envy!

Not familiar with Massage Envy? Massage Envy offers more than just the joy of relaxation. We encourage a healthy lifestyle which we believe revolves around restoring balance and well-being to even the busiest of lives. We know that taking good care of yourself is paramount to helping you look after everything and everyone in your life. With hundreds of locations nationwide, Massage Envy's healing touch is within reach.

Offering a variety of massages including Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, and even Prenatal Massage, Massage Envy is sure to help you relieve stress and manage pain so you can go about your life a little more relaxed!

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Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: Tastefully Simple with Lisa Parsons

Tastefully Simple is a dynamic direct sales company that offers a wide selection of convenient, easy-to-prepare foods designed to help people spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the rest of their lives. All of their products are available through independent Tastefully Simple consultants primarily at home taste-testing parties nationwide.

Have you ever been to a Tastefully Simple party or tried their products? We were recently sent a sample of their Garlic Garlic seasoning thanks to Independent Consultant Lisa Parsons and all I can say is YUM! The possibilities are endless when it comes to Garlic Garlic... You can add it to some fresh bread for garlic toast, mix it with mayonnaise and sour cream for a yummy veggie dip, or simply toss in a little bit to add some flavor to your favorite recipes. No matter what you decide to do with Garlic Garlic, it's yummy!

Along with a variety of seasonings including Garlic Garlic, Tastefully Simple also offers lots of other great products including beverage mixes, bread mix, chips and salsa, cake mixes, and even oils and dressings. Want to host a party to check out all of the amazing Tastefully Simple products? Contact Lisa today to book a party or find a consultant in your area.

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: EasyLunchboxes

School's almost out and summer's right around the corner. For us that means vacations at the beach, trips to the zoo, picnics at the park, and play dates with friends. When it comes to picnics and day-long events I usually carry around multiple totes to fit enough food for everyone, all of which are filled with plastic baggies and trash... But thanks to EasyLunchboxes, lunch on-the-go is now much easier!

So how do EasyLunchboxes make lunchtime on-the-go easier? The EasyLunchboxes system consists of 3-compartment bento lunch boxes and insulated lunch bags... Simply fill the containers with your favorite lunch foods, stick up to four of them in the cooler bag, and you're good to go! But what's really great about EasyLunchboxes is the fact that they reduce wasteful packaging and plastic baggies, making them more environmentally friendly.

Friday, May 11, 2012

PearlMountain Image Converter Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Have you ever visited a blog or website and wondered how they added copyrights and watermarks to pictures? Well, I don't know how everyone does it but I'm happy to announce that I've found a quick and easy way to add watermarks with the PearlMountain Image Converter.

What is the PearlMountain Image Converter? PearlMountain Image Converter is an efficient and convenient picture converter for batch converting and processing images.It allows you to convert images to other formats, resize, rotate, crop, add watermark, apply effects and add border to thousands of images at a time. With one click your digital photos will be just right for the Web, blog, e-mail, photo printing, Facebook, MySpace, mobile phone..etc.

Basically if you enjoy taking photos, or if you have a blog or website with pictures that you don't want stolen, the PearlMountain Image Converter is going to be your new best friend! It's very convenient to do all of your photo editing using only one software and it's super easy to use!

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: Strawesome

Are you guilty of using disposable plastic straws? I hate to admit it but I was, that is until I discovered Strawesome. Strawesome offers a variety of glass drinking straws which are the perfect alternative to plastic straws.

Why use glass straws? Well there are tons of reasons! Glass straws are more eco-friendly... Think about all the plastic straws you throw away in a year then reduce that number to zero by using reusable glass straws. Glass straws are safer... Glass straws help you limit your exposure to toxins because they're BPA free. And finally glass straws are much prettier than plastic straws... Just think how nice they'll look on your kitchen counter as opposed to boring plastic straws!


Tiny Tillia by Avon Review

Avon is a name that's been known by women everywhere for over 125 years, but did you know that they also have a line of baby products? Originally sparked by a mother's love for her children, Tiny Tillia by Avon is a world of charming baby products designed to turn everyday routines into special moments for mother and child.

Offering everything from babywear and toddlerwear to high quality bath and body products, developmental toys, nursery decor, and even a Mommy Tillia line, Tiny Tillia is taking the baby world by storm.

I was recently sent a few Tiny Tillia products to review and although I no longer have babies around (sigh) I was really excited to try them out. We were sent two bathtime products including the 3-piece gift set and a hooded towel as well as Tiny Tillia's ark for playtime.

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: Kidzikoo

You may remember last summer when I had the chance to review Kidzikoo for the first time, but if not let me tell you a little about it. In October 2010, Lindsay Coleman came up with the idea for Kidzikoo when her son Landon's hands were freezing cold from holding his sippy cup. After searching the internet for baby bottle/sippy cup insulators and finding absolutely nothing, the Kidzikoo was born.


Basically the Kidzikoo is a koozie for kids. Much like soda can koozies, the Kidzikoo insulates bottles and sippy cups keeping cold beverages cold and warm beverages warm. Designed with kids in mind, the Kidzikoo fits most 8-12oz. bottles and cups and comes in a variety of fun colors and designs.

What Women Want Giveaway *Tons of great prizes for one lucky winner* *Closed*

A new season of fashion and beauty if quickly approaching. Butler Bag, Karren's Avon (creator/writer for Oh! My Heartsie) and Mom to Bed by 8 (the Iowa-Mom) want to offer one lucky reader a prize package that is sure to tickle your fancy and bring joy to your wardrobe and skin all at the same time.

Check out all of the amazing prizes we have to offer! I bet one lucky lady is going to be super excited to receive these!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

We're attending the Day Out with Thomas: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012!


I'm so excited I just had to announce that I've been selected to be a “Mommy Reporter” for the Day Out with Thomas: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 event at the Strasburg Rail Road on June 16th.

Want to join me? Well take a look at the Day Out with Thomas Schedule and choose an event that you and your family might be interested in attending. I will be covering the event by tweeting from there and blogging about it after, posting photos and more! Thomas the Tank Engine will also share our breaking news reports through his Twitter feed--

Learn more about the event! Pulling out of the station for its 16th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out with Thomas: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts. Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities and welcoming new visitors.

Hope to see you there!

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: Mrs. Renfro's Gourmet Salsa

Chips and salsa is an all-time favorite snack in our house. It's one snack that we can all agree on and all equally enjoy. That's why I was so excited when Mrs. Renfro's Gourmet Salsa offered to send us four jars to review.

Since my husband, Nate, is the biggest salsa fanatic I decided to let him choose which four varieties we got to try. With so many unique varieties to choose from he actually had a hard time deciding which ones to try. In the end we ended up going with Mild Salsa, Roasted Salsa, Raspberry Chipotle Salsa, and we also decided to give their Barbecue Sauce a try.


So what did we think? I'd have to say my favorite was definitely the mild salsa. It's a great tasting salsa without the heat, making it perfect for my boys and I who aren't real big on spicy stuff. The roasted salsa was really good too! It has a nice smoky barbecue flavor with a nice kick... It's actually a little too spicy to each more than just a few chips but it's a nice change from mild salsa. The raspberry chipotle salsa is absolutely perfect for making salsa chicken and the barbecue sauce was nice and sweet. Overall, we're very pleased with our choices and can't wait to try the rest of the flavors.

Celebrate Motherhood with PeaceLoveMom- Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Sometimes it's hard to remember that as moms we are very lucky! I am lucky enough to be blessed with two amazing (sometimes rotten) boys. With Mother's Day right around the corner, it's time to celebrate motherhood and all the wonderful (and even the not so wonderful) moments that come along with it.

PeaceLoveMom was created by a team of moms with one goal in mind- to create “a celebration of motherhood” for all types of mothers. They offer a variety of shirts and accessories that will inspire and empower mothers everywhere.

I was recently sent an adorable "Lucky Mom" chocolate cotton tee to review. This shirt is super soft, very modern, and even has a longer length making it perfect for moms! It's super comfy to wear around the house and cute enough to wear out shopping or at the park with the kids.

Top 10 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Perfect Guy – This Means War Style!

Trying to find the perfect guy? Check out this Top 10 list inspired by the upcoming release of This Means War available on Blu-ray & DVD May 22nd.

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Teleflora Mother’s Day Giveaway *Closed*

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th and what better way to make mom feel special, loved and pampered, than with a Teleflora Mother's Day Bouquet and the sweet smells of Bath & Body Works!

These great Mother’s Day offerings from Bath & Body Works and Teleflora, will surely delight the senses and bring a smile to her face!

Our body care essentials in her favorite Signature Collection scent are perfectly packaged in this pretty decorative box! Set includes a full-size Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 oz.), Body Lotion (8 oz.) and Fragrance Mist (8 oz.).
  • Wild Berry Tulips - a flirtatious blend of red raspberry, cheery honeysuckle and pink tulips
  • Wild Apple Daffodil - a playful blend juicy red apple, flirty daffodils and fresh pomegranate
  • Wild Citrus Sunflower - a sunny blend of sparkling clementine, cheerful sunflowers and luscious white nectarine
Where to buy: Bath & Body Works and
Deal Alert! ~ *2012 Mother's Day V.I.P. Tote $20 with any $40 purchase. Limit 1 per order. Must enter code LOVEMOM at checkout*

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: The Pampered Chef

As a wife, mother, and homemaker, I feel like I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and for that reason I'm constantly searching for new kitchen gadgets to make my life a little easier. That would be where The Pampered Chef comes in.

Not familiar with The Pampered Chef? The Pampered Chef is the premier direct seller of high-quality kitchen tools. The Pampered Chef's sales force of Independent Pampered Chef Consultants offer multipurpose kitchen tools, demonstrate easy food preparation techniques and share recipes that can help you entertain with style and ease - transforming the simple to the spectacular.


Thanks to Dawn, Independent Pampered Chef Consultant, I was recently sent two amazing products to review. The first product I received is the Cut-N-Seal which easily makes crust-free sandwiches for kids. My boys love Smuckers Uncrustables but I hate the price, so the Cut-N-Seal is the perfect solution for us!

Bouncing Fun with Moo Moo and Trotter! Bounce-A-Long Buddies Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Kids love to bounce from an early age... It all starts when they're little and they want to bounce on daddy's knee, then they get too big and as a parent you're searching for something else to keep them occupied... That's where Bounce-A-Long Buddies come in!

What are Bounce-A-Long Buddies? Well, they're just that! Buddies that kids can bounce on. Available in two varieties including Moo Moo the cow and Trotter the horse, Bounce-A-Long Buddies are easily inflated for hours of fun.

FS-USA (the premier manufacturer/distributor of the Mega Marbles brand of toy marbles and marble games) was generous enough to send us both Trotter and Moo Moo to review. My boys absolutely love these bouncers and bounce around the house on them on a daily basis.

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: IceHuggy

If you have not heard of IceHuggy before you are in for a treat (pun intended)!

So what's IceHuggy? IceHuggy is an insulated sleeve designed for frozen ice treats, yogurt pops, electrolyte pops and sore throat coolers. Because of the design, IceHuggy transforms using the "Flip-Fold-Fasten" feature to fit different size treats and the fabric stretches to fit the different widths of different treats.

Brayden is a freeze pop fanatic so he was super excited when we received a pack of green IceHuggy ice pop holders to review. As much as he loves freeze pops, he hates that they make his hands cold so before we received the IceHuggy we always wrapped them in paper towels, now thanks to IceHuggy we don't have to waste paper towels anymore! Not only does it keep your treats frozen and your hands not, it also helps eliminate messy drips from melting freeze pops.

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: Dove Chocolate Discoveries

I'm sure you're familiar with Dove Chocolate... Whether you give it as gifts around Christmas, add chocolate bunnies to your kids Easter baskets, or eat yummy chocolate hearts around Valentines day, I'm sure you have tried it at least once. But did you know that you can also host an in-home chocolate party with Dove Chocolate Discoveries and their Independent Chocolatiers?

With Dove Chocolate Discoveries you can host an in-home party with your friends and family and share with them a variety of delicious chocolate treats. Offering everything from beverages, sauces, dessert mixes, and ready to eat treats, Dove Chocolate Discoveries provides the ultimate chocolate experience!

Thanks to Independent Chocolatier, Peggy, I was provided with the Savory Sampler to review. This unique collection includes Sweet 'n' Tangy Chocolate Mole Sauce, Sweet 'n' Spicy Cocoa Rub, and White Chocolate Raspberry Vinaigrette.


Bloggers: Sign up to participate in the Housewarming Dyson Event!

Mom to Bed by 8 is excited to present the Housewarming Dyson Event from June 1 to June 15. This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now.

Join the Housewarming Dyson Giveaway event today, grow your readership and offer one fantastic cleaning tool giveaway!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Harlem Globetrotters Summer Skills Clinics

For the first time, the Harlem Globetrotters are conducting summer skills clinics to bring boys and girls ages 6-14 behind the curtain to see the Globetrotters’ electrifying skills and tricks, while also having fun staying active.

Each participant receives:
*A free ticket voucher (valued up to $40) to see the Globetrotters during their 2013 World Tour
*Autographs and photos with the stars!
*3-day trial pass to 24 Hour Fitness

Clinic Locations:
*Phoenix *Houston *San Francisco *New Jersey
*Denver *Dallas *Los Angeles *Seattle
*St Louis *Miami *Las Vegas

Save $10 on registration! Enter the Coupon Code USFAMILY on the cart page after completing your registration or mention when calling 1-800-641-HOOP (4667) Click Here

Bloggers: Summer Patio Retreat Giveaway Event sign ups are open! {Free Event}

Mom to Bed by 8 ‘Iowa-Mom’, Powered By Mom and Mommy and Baby Reviews and Giveaways is proud to present the The Summer Patio Retreat Giveaway Event, June 18 to July 2.

Details: This is a free blogger event, open worldwide and blog accepting sign ups now.

Join the Summer Patio Retreat Giveaway event today!

Summer Splash Sponsor Spotlight: Flap Happy

My boys are very fair skinned so sun protection is a must for us... We always lather on the sunscreen and wear protective clothing whenever possible. A few months ago I heard about a company called Flap Happy and I was very excited to learn that their swimwear and flap hats are made with UPF50+ fabric to keep kids skin protected from the suns harsh rays.

Founded by designer and mother of four, Laurie Lipson Snyder, Flap Happy began 25 years ago after Laurie had an idea for a hat that would protect her children’s faces and necks from the sun and elements. After developing the multi-million dollar hat company, Laurie introduced a clothing line, expanding Flap Happy to swimwear, playwear, outerwear and headwear lines. Available in vibrant colors and playful prints, Flap Happy’s clothing and swimwear are fun for boys and girls, including infants, toddlers, and kids sizes through 10.

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: Dale and Thomas Popcorn

There is seriously not enough good things to say about Dale and Thomas Popcorn. We were recently sent a Chocolate Overload six-bag sampler to review and all I can say is YUM! With six different varieties of chocolate gourmet popcorn what's not to love?!

Not familiar with Dale and Thomas Popcorn? Dale and Thomas offers a huge assortment of flavored gourmet popcorn... Now this is not your everyday movie theater popcorn... This is Hall of Fame Kettle Corn, Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn, Chocolate Chunk N'Caramel, and Southwest Cheddar Chipotle! Does that not sound delicious?

Since I am a bit of a chocoholic I was extremely excited to receive a Chocolate Overload sampler to review. As soon as it arrived I dove into the Chocolate Chunk N'Caramel and I was in heaven! Each bag that I opened tasted more and more delicious and before I knew it all six bags were gone. Don't get me wrong, I did share some with Nate and the boys, but this stuff really is too good to not keep all to yourself.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Summer Splash Sponsor Spotlight: LightSpeed Tents

My family loves to spend a lot of time outside during the summer but with my boys being so fair skinned it's very important that I keep them protected from the sun and it's harmful rays. Yes we lather on the sunscreen and wear protective clothing but sometimes even that isn't enough. Thanks to LightSpeed Tents and their Quick Cabana, my family can now enjoy time outside with a nice shady place to take a break and relax.

Lightweight and easy to carry, the Quick Cabana is perfect for taking to the beach, parks, and anywhere else that you might need some shade. And since it's super easy to set up and take down thanks to the Lightspeed integrated pole system even I can set it up without the help of my husband.

When we received our Quick Cabana I was really surprised at how much room it actually has... My husband and I can sit in it with our beach chairs and still have room for Brayden and Trevor to come in and take a break from being in the sun. It's so nice to know that we can have a fun filled day at the beach and not have to worry about looking like lobsters at the end of the day!

Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway Event *Closed*

Welcome to the Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway!

Bright Starts and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa-Mom have teamed to offer an amazing Bright Starts Sunnyside Safari Collection giveaway to one lucky reader!

This includes the Sunnyside Safari™ Chair Top High Chair, Playard, Plug in Sway & Swing, Portable Swing and Saucer making this truly the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift.

Special thank you to the wonderful bloggers who made this possible including our co-hosts: To Sew with Love, The Lucky Ladybug and Mom Blog Society

Seriously how adorable is this collection?! Learn about each of the individual prizes by reading the product descriptions below then enter to win the Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway!

Big smiles and bright adventures go hand in hand in this exciting, fun-filled collection! 

Take a walk on the sunny side-where baby gear goes together in delightful new ways. It's a win for infants and parents alike, with irresistable jungle characters adorning an array of fun coordinated products you'll use every day. Each piece of the collection does its job charmingly, with non-stop fun at an unbeatable value.