Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bloggers: Sign ups for the Techy Summer Xbox Kinect Bundle Event close tonight!


Techy Tribe and Mom to Bed by 8 is proud to present the Techy Summer Xbox Kinect Bundle Event from July 8 to July 22. This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now.

Join the Techy Summer Xbox Kinect Bundle Giveaway event today, grow your readership and offer a gamers must have giveaway!

Step2 Big Splash Water Park Giveaway *Closed*

I'm very excited to bring you this super awesome giveaway just in time for summer! So, what do you have the chance to win? A Step2 Big Splash Water Park! Keep reading to learn more about this exciting new toy, then enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Step2 Big Splash Water Park provides hours of fun! Pour water down the waterslide or spin the water wheel. Catapult diving board flips the swimmers into the pool. Big splash water tower is durable and lasts for years. Open area to inspire imaginative water play. Drain plug and accessory set included.
  • Features water slide and spinning water wheel
  • Catapult diving board flips the swimmers into the pool
  • Raised design helps keep feet clean and dry
  • Includes 7 piece accessory set: bucket, tower, spinner, 2 figures, catapult board and cup
  • Drain plug included
  • Minimal adult assembly required
  • Recommended Age: 1.5 & up

Friday, May 18, 2012

Easy Portion Control with the Aardvark Strainer- Review

When I was first approached about reviewing the Aardvark Strainer I jumped on the opportunity... An easier way to make root beer floats? YES please! But when it arrived I realized there's so many more uses for this little kitchen tool. From portion control, to chilling beverages and straining olives, to single serve snack portions for the kiddos... The possibilities are endless!


About the Aardvark Strainer: It all started with root beer floats. Kids and adults alike love this classic treat, but oh, the foam! Start pouring the root beer over ice cream in a glass, and before you can say “get the paper towels!” the root beer will foam up like a volcano over the top of the glass, spilling all over creating a sticky mess. With the Aardvark™ anyone can make a float without the sticky mess.


The Aardvark was created to make perfect floats, but its uses sure don’t stop there. Expand your mind! The Aardvark will open a whole new world of possibilities, yes, even beyond the world of floats.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Out With The Old and In With The New! My Spring Cleaning Routine


Every year as soon as Spring arrives I have a routine to make our home feel as fresh as possible... Out with the old and in with the new!

One of the first things I do is declutter every room in the house... I don't know how we manage to accumulate so much junk in the winter but it's ridiculous! I start by going through all of our toys and weeding out one's that we no longer use... Between Christmas in December and Trevor's Birthday in January we always end up with an over abundance, so before Brayden's Birthday comes in May I make sure we have enough room to put everything without feeling like we're drowning in toys.

After the toys, comes the clothes! As soon as the weather warms up I go through everyone's closet and dresser and pull out any heavy fall/winter clothes and either store them in space bags for next year or donate them if I know the boys won't fit them next year. This makes room for all the new spring/summer clothes they'll be getting, plus donating always feels good!

Last but certainly not least is the garage, which is where anything and everything seems to end up! I spend an entire day pulling everything out of the garage, getting rid of stuff we no longer need, then organizing whatever's left... Not only do I feel accomplished when this is over, but it also helps to be able to get to toys, bikes, etc... when we go outside to play!

Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: Everything Happy


About Everything Happy: In 2008, David Holdridge was 7 years old. Age 7 is a magical year filled with love, laughter and wonder - or at least it should be. It was the age when David had an idea that once set in motion, would make the world a happier place.

By combining the two things that make kids the happiest – blankies and stuffed animals – Happy Blankie came to be. David’s idea inspired his family to help him take his idea one step further to add the value of giving, which is intrinsic to the Everything Happy brand. Yes that’s right, what started as an idea that became a family business with a philosophical core is now a brand that includes not only Blankies, but Pals and Threads. And the best part is, for every product sold, one of the same is donated to a child in need.

So now children all around the world who may not normally have a reason to smile do – because of one little boy’s idea.


Okay seriously, are you not completely in love with this company? Could you imagine being 7 years old and coming up with the idea to bring smiles to sick children around the world? I think it's absolutely amazing and I'm so excited to announce that Everything Happy Independent Consultant, Lisa White, has agreed to work with me on the upcoming Shake, Rattle, & Roll giveaway hop!

Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: Zoobies


My boys love Zoobies! They each have a couple from Birthdays and Christmas so, of course, they were super excited when they received one of the new for 2012 Zoobies Blanket Pets- Draco the Dragon.

Not familiar with Zoobies? Zoobies are adorable 3-in-1 plush animals that are a plush toy, a pillow, and a blanket all in one! Available in several different designs and characters, Zoobies are sure to be a hit with little ones, and the 3-in-1 functionality means less clutter, making them a hit with moms too!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: D&N Kids

Summer vacation is almost here and that means trips to the beach, sending the kiddos off to summer camp, and week-long stays at Grandma's... Which means it's time to get some luggage for the kids to take on all those adventures. Nowadays kids want everything to be cool and fun, so instead of a boring black suitcase why not get them fun suitcases from D&N Kids!

D&N Kids offers a variety of kids suitcases, backpacks, lunch bags, and home decor... All of which was created for the free-spirited kid. Available in a variety of fun colors and funky characters, D&N Kids is sure to have something "cool" your little ones will love!

We were sent a Dinosaur Rolling Suitcase to review and let me just say this thing is a hit with my boys. It's fun, colorful, and so far from boring! It's the perfect size for even the littlest travelers, and would be the perfect carry-on for those summer airplane trips.

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Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: Bannor Toys


With two boys, our house is filled with all sorts of "boy" toys including cars and trucks, blocks, action figures, etc... but when it comes down to it, sometimes it's the simpler the toy the better! Bannor Toys offers a variety of natural wooden toys for kids of all ages that are beautiful, safe, well-made, and best of all they stimulate children's imaginations. Their toys are simple, yet fun, making them a hit with my boys!

When I was approached by the husband and wife team at Bannor Toys about reviewing some of their products I jumped on the opportunity. I knew their wooden vehicles would be a hit with Trevor, and I was right! We were sent a set of colorful wooden cars and trucks and Trevor can't get enough of them.

Nutrisystem Weigh-In Week #1 #NSNation


I have officially been on Nutrisystem for one week! I'm not going to lie, it's been rough... I started off my first week strong, feeling as if nothing could stop me from reaching my goal, but as the week went on I really struggled with the fact that I couldn't eat and drink whatever I wanted whenever I wanted to.

Don't get me wrong, Nutrisystem is by far the most lenient diet program I've ever been on, but it is still a diet program... That means no daily candy bar, no bowls of ice cream before bed, and no corn dogs and french fries for dinner.

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2012 Savory Summer Giveaway Event- $186 in prizes! *Closed*

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Welcome to the 2012 Savory Summer blog-hopping giveaway event! I have teamed up with Measuring Flower, Graphoniac, and several other blogs to bring you this awesome giveaway event. After you've entered my giveaway be sure to hop along to the rest of the blogs to enter to win some other yummy food-related prizes just in time for picnics and barbecues!

Along with the individual prizes at each of the participating blogs we also have two amazing grand prizes thanks to our sponsors- Nostalgia Electrics and Ella's Kitchen! Enter one or both of the grand prizes here!


Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win one amazing prize pack... Click on each link to learn more about the specific prizes as well as my thoughts on the product then enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: Mudpuppy


Trevor will be starting preschool in the fall so I've been on the hunt for products that will help him be ready when the time comes. That includes anything and everything from educational toys to learning products. When I discovered the Wooden Magnetic Letters from Mudpuppy I knew they would be prefect.


We were sent the Playful Patterns Wooden Magnetic Letters to review and they really are just what I was looking for. The colorful patterns and magnetic backs make them fun for Trevor, and he's learning at the same time. What I love about this set though, is the fact that it doesn't only come with the 26 letters of the alphabet, but it also comes with doubles of the most commonly used letters so you can actually spell words and names.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: MindWare


Brayden is at that age where he likes toys that stimulate his mind. If it involves matching, patterns, counting, etc... he's into it. That's where websites such as MindWare come in handy!

We had the pleasure of working with MindWare in the past and I was so thrilled when they agreed to work with us on the upcoming Shake, Rattle, & Roll giveaway hop. They recently sent us one of their award winning educational toys to review- Pattern Play- which is just perfect for Brayden!


Offering forty colorful and unusually shaped wooden blocks, Pattern Play is a great introduction to math concepts like sorting, matching, symmetry, congruence and fractions. The set also comes with a square building tray, forty pattern cards, and a canvas storage bag for easy clean up. Made with high-quality wood, this set is durable and built to last.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: Tommee Tippee


Trevor is the type of kid who is always on the go, and more times than not his sippy cup is right along with him. He is big enough to drink out of regular cups, which he does do on a regular basis, but for the most part we like to stick with sippy cups so I don't have to worry about juice being spilled all over the house. When it comes to sippy cups I always look for spill proof cups, but unfortunately we've had cups in the past that truly weren't spill proof... That's why I love Tommee Tippee spill proof cups!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Summer Splash Grand Prize sponsored by Kid's Creations! *Closed*

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Welcome to Summer Splash hosted by Life With Two BoysWith Our Best, and Bella So Savvy! This event begins on May 14, 2012 at 12:01am EST and will end on May 27, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Over 100 blogs have come together to bring you some amazing prizes to help you kick off your summer... with a SPLASH! Each blog is giving away at least $25 worth of prizes, plus we have an awesome grand prize for one very lucky winner thanks to Kid's Creations. Be sure to hop along to each of the participating blogs because the more giveaways you enter, the more chances you have at winning the Grand Prize!

Now on to the GRAND PRIZE!!!

Thanks to Kids Creations, one VERY lucky winner is going to receive a Two Ring Adventure Playset valued at $3,598! 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Summer Splash Giveaway $600+ in prizes *Closed*

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Welcome to Summer Splash hosted by Life With Two Boys, With Our Best, and Bella So Savvy! This event begins on May 14, 2012 at 12:01am EST and will end on May 27, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Over 100 blogs have come together to bring you some amazing prizes to help you kick off your summer... with a SPLASH! Each blog is giving away at least $25 worth of prizes, plus we have an awesome grand prize for one very lucky winner. Be sure to hop along to each of the participating blogs because the more giveaways you enter, the more chances you have at winning the Grand Prize!

So what's this Grand Prize we're talking about? Thanks to Kid's Creations one very lucky winner is going to win a Two Ring Adventure Playset valued at $3,598! Made from the highest quality Redwood and loaded with fun activities, this wood swing set is sure to make this summer one to remember!
(Please note that the grand prize is only open to residents of the Continental United States and does not include assembly/installation.)


Enter the Grand Prize!

Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win 1 of 2 awesome "Mommy and Me" prize packs. Click the links below to read my reviews and learn more about the products, then enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Make clean up time FUN with Toydozer! Review and Giveaway *Closed*


My boys, like most kids their age, hate to clean up... They love to make a mess but when it comes to clean up time there's at least one whiny "I don't want to!". But thanks to Toydozer, clean up time is fun and fast!

So what is Toydozer? This innovative new product makes clean up time fun, fast, and efficient for kids AND parents. By scooping up piles of toys at once, we're able to clean up a messy play area in seconds...which means we can ALL spend less time cleaning and more time playing!


We were recently sent three Toydozers to review... One for Brayden, one for Trevor, and one for me because let's face it, mom's end up doing most of the cleaning anyway! The Toydozer is super easy to use and comes with two pieces, the “gatherer” which is designed to work like the blade of a bulldozer and the “scoop” which is modeled after a bulldozer scoop. Simply hold on to the “gatherer” to push toys into the “scoop” and then dump the toys into their bins or containers.

Summer Must-Have: Little Tikes Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler from Imperial Toy Review


Everyone knows that beach balls are a must-have for summer fun, but Little Tikes has taken the beach ball one step further and created the amazing Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler for hours of splashing fun! Imperial Toy, the worldwide leader in the sale and manufacture of Bubbles and Novelty Toys, recently sent us the Little Tikes Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler to review and it has been a hit with my boys!


About the Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler:
Kids and the entire family are guaranteed hours of fabulous water fun this Summer with the award winning gigantic 88-inch Little Tikes Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler from Imperial Toy. The Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler combines beach ball action with wild water play as the ball splashes tons of water out of 4 sprayers as you roll it around. Just inflate the beach ball, hook it up to a standard garden hose and kids of all ages can roll and chase the ball around on the grass, or simply fill the pouch with water in the bottom of the ball to keep it stationary. Great for family gatherings, parties, or just simply keeping the kids happy all day long! Available at Target nationwide. Ages 3+, SRP $12.99