Saturday, June 2, 2012

What To Expect When You're Expecting Prize Pack Giveaway *Closed*

A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected.

What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition

Announcing a brand new, cover-to-cover revision of America's pregnancy bible. What to Expect When You're Expecting is a perennial New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today's 25 most influential books of the past 25 years. It's read by more than 90% of pregnant women who read a pregnancy book--the most iconic, must-have book for parents-to-be, with over 14.5 million copies in print.

Friday, June 1, 2012 12 Weeks of Summer Family Vacation Giveaway #12WeeksofSummer

This summer has created a promotion that celebrates the family vacation by giving away 12 incredible trips for families looking to create their own memories. They have hand picked some of the most memorable destinations their families have experienced and asked them to provide a FREE vacation to award to perhaps YOU!

Giveaway Rules:
One entry per day- Enter here
Prizes will be awarded beginning June 1 through July 31

Me4Kidz Smile Buddy and Little Buddy Wipes Review

Me4Kidz offers a variety of user-friendly first aid products, oral care, beauty, and baby products with kids in mind. I was recently sent a couple products from Me4Kidz to review and they are definitely a hit with my boys!

The first product we received from Me4Kidz is the Smile Buddy, which is a kids oral care kit that includes (1) Kid- friendly Suction Cup Toothbrush, (1) Crest Toothpaste w/ fluoride, (12) Dentek Fun Flossers, (1) 2-3 minute kid-friendly brushing sand timer, (8) Kid-friendly fun stickers, and (1) Reusable & Recyclable carry anywhere case. We have actually been really lucky with our boys and they LOVE to brush their teeth, but adding the Smile Buddy to the mix makes it that much more fun. With fun stickers and neon flossers what's not to love?!

Because of the carry case, Smile Buddy is perfect for sleepovers, vacation, and even when sending the kiddos off to summer camp. But what I really love about the Smile Buddy is the timer! We've always struggled with how long we're actually supposed to brush our teeth so the timer is perfect for us.

Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer and Max & Ruby: Summertime with Max & Ruby DVD Giveaway *Closed*

Summer is almost here and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution want you to have some fun in the sun this summer with these familiar DVD titles, all of which are available at retailers now!

Nickelodeon Jr. Favorites: All Star Sports Day
Get ready to cheer! Preschoolers’ favorite characters from Dora the Explorer; Go, Diego, Go!; The Wonder Pets!; Blue’s Clues; Yo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan compete and practice camaraderie in popular sports on this DVD.

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip
Join SpongeBob and Patrick for a hilarious and adventurous vacation. Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, a romantic cruise, a trip to the Ocean Mint, a homebound holiday and a trip that’s out of this world. Featuring six adventures in one grand vacation, everyone just might need a vacation from this much fun packed into one DVD.

Summer Backyard Blast Giveaway Hop- Kettler Fold n’ Go Nanas Tricycle Giveaway *Closed*

Welcome to the Summer Backyard Blast Giveaway Hop! Several bloggers have come together to bring you some amazing giveaways to get your summer started... After you enter the giveaway here at Life With Two Boys make sure you hop around to each of the participating blogs to enter some more giveaways!

Don’t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway sponsored by TruKid, Imperial Toy, and an amazing group of bloggers who want to make your summer a blast! You have the opportunity to win a wagon, water table, kid-friendly skincare package from TruKid, and a variety of bubble and water toys from Imperial Toy! Please note that the Grand Prize Giveaway is only open to US residents.

TruKid aims to encourage a healthy, well rounded lifestyle. By combining all natural skincare with fun and education, TruKid cultivates a relationship between healthy habits and being a kid.

Imperial Toy is the worldwide leader in the sale and manufacture of Bubbles and Novelty Toys. At Imperial, the Mission is to be First in Fun!

Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win a Kiddi-O Fold n' Go Nanas Tricycle from Kettler USA (ARV $109). Read my review to learn more about the prize as well as my thoughts on the product then enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Life's a Beach Giveaway *4 winners* US/CAN *Closed*

Can you believe it's almost Summer already? Well, as a member of the Mom's Do it Better community, I have an extra special treat for you... We're giving away some amazing prizes to help you get your Summer started. This giveaway event is open to US & Canada residents. Here's what we have lined up for you:


Grand Prize:
  • Step 2 - My Clubhouse - Step 2 offers a huge variety of toys for preschoolers and toddlers. Their toys are designed to build imaginations and enrich the family's celebration of childhood.
  • Del Sol Goody Pack - Fun and cute color changing clothes, accessories and make-up
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan
But don't worry, we have other prize packs to give you even more chances to win some great things!

Dyson Housewarming Giveaway Event *Closed*

Welcome to the Dyson Housewarming Giveaway event! This took months in the making and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa Mom is proud to offer you the chance to win this fantastic home essential! Big thank you to our lovely co-hosts How to Have It All, Mark Your Savings and GiveAway Bandit.

Four years ago we bought our Dyson and it was honestly the best purchase we ever made! I'm so excited to be part of this awesome giveaway and give you (my lovely readers) the opportunity to win a Dyson of your own! Read the description to learn more about the Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum, then enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
Delivering 220 airwatts of suction power, this canister vacuum cleaner features advanced Level 3 Root Cyclone technology to ensure thorough, efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction. It also offers a TurbineHead brush bar that's ideal for cleaning medium and short pile carpets and can be turned off for hard floors. Certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the unit expels air that contains up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than common breathing air thanks to the vacuum's money-saving, lifetime washable HEPA filter. Plus, Dyson's Bactisafe screen traps and kills bacteria, mold and allergens on contact, preventing them from re-entering the air.

Essential Swimwear- Modest Swimwear for Modern Women! Review

Since I became a mom I've discovered that it's so hard and frustrating to find swimwear that is attractive, yet covers all of my insecurities. I need something that will support the "girls", hide my battle wounds (aka stretch marks), and even camouflage that unsightly tummy bulge, but I don't want it to look like a moo moo. Luckily, Essential Swimwear offers a variety of modest tankinis that are comfortable, stylish, flattering, and best of all- affordable!

I was recently sent an adorable Plum Ruched Halter Top with matching Plum High Waist Bottoms to review. First of all the color of this suit is to die for! It's the perfect color purple that really compliments any skin tone. The ruching of the top is perfect for those imperfections and insecurities that I want covered, plus it allows you to totally customize the length depending on how little or how much you want to bunch it up. What I love about this top though is the support that it offers thanks to the thick halter straps... I can run around with my boys and not have to worry about my top falling down or my girls popping out!


G.I. JOE: RENEGADES: SEASON ONE, VOLUME ONE Available on DVD 6/5- Episode Clips

In anticipation of the June 5th release of G.I. JOE: RENEGADES: SEASON ONE, VOLUME ONE on DVD, here are some fun episode clips to share with your G.I. JOE fans!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nutrisystem Weigh-In Week #3 #NSNation

Well, Memorial Day weekend was definitely a set back for my weight loss! I had finally developed a pretty good routine, but that definitely got disrupted this past weekend. I spent time at the in-laws and had some yummy cook-out food, which ended in a super yummy but not so diet-friendly S'more. I do have to admit though that I'm really proud of myself for stopping at just one S'more!

I've come to the realization that there's no good time to diet... You just have to have the will power to stick it out. And even with the occasional set back I think anyone can reach their weight loss goal!

So, how did I do this week? Even with my little bump in the road I managed to lose another pound... YAY me!

Starting weight: 184
Last weeks weigh-in: 179
Week #3 weigh-in: 178
Total lost this week: 1 pound
Total lost overall: 6 pounds

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting

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.

BabbaCo is sponsoring Keeping Kids Creative! PLUS BabbaBox Summer Survival Pack Promotion

When it comes to spending time with your kids you want to do activities that are fun, entertaining, and educational. But how do you determine what activities are age appropriate and where do you get all the materials and supplies you need? That's where the BabbaBox comes in!

The BabbaBox by BabbaCo is a monthly subscription box that is delivered to your home with all of the physical materials plus know-how content to really engage with your kids.

September 17-30 I'm teaming up with Heidi over at Mama-Nibbles and several awesome bloggers for Keeping Kids Creative! This giveaway event is going to bring you (our lovely readers) a variety of products to help you keep your kids creative throughout the year, and what better way to be creative than with the BabbaBox? One very lucky Grand Prize winner is going to win a 6 month membership to BabbaBox (ARV $180)... How cool is that?!

Team Umizoomi: Umigames Available on DVD 6/5! Review

Team Umizoomi: Umigames
Available on DVD 6/5

Synopsis: Join Milli, Geo and Bot on four sports-themed math adventures in Team Umizoomi: Umigames. Preschoolers will learn many math skills, including counting, patterns, measurement, and more! Get in the Olympic spirit and don’t miss out on the Umi Team’s latest all new DVD. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Team Umizoomi: Umigames will be released on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Team Umizoomi features a tiny team of superheroes, Milli, Geo and Bot, who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems. The series combines action-adventure missions with an interactive math curriculum designed to help kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities and appreciate the many ways in which math shapes their world. The Umi Team is not complete without their Umi Friends (home viewers), who help the team along the way while practicing various math skills. Set to a soundtrack of preschool-friendly pop songs, the series is designed to build upon preschoolers’ conceptual understanding of math as they are exposed to core mathematical concepts like numbers, counting, computations, measurement, patterns and shapes.

Sassy Steals Giveaway *Closed*

Sassy Steals in a daily deal site that features boutique and handmade items at great prices. You can find a variety of products including purses, hats, leggings, jewelry, household items and decor, craft supplies, and all sorts of other products. To help spread the word about this new daily deal site, Tori Andersen, owner of Sassy Steals, has offered to give away 3 amazing products to 1 lucky Life With Two Boys reader.

So what are these awesome products?

Summer Must-Have: ShowNo Towels For Kids Review

I remember seeing ShowNo for the first time on Shark Tank and thinking it was definitely a must-have for anyone with kids! Well, with summer right around the corner I figured now was the perfect time to feature ShowNo here at Life With Two Boys.

Created by Shelly Ehler, ShowNo is a 3-in-1 kids towel... Lay it flat as a beach towel, throw it on and change underneath it, or wear it as a poncho for protection from the sun and to keep warm. Have you ever taken your kids to the beach or lake and had to drape a towel around them so they could change out of their swim suits in privacy? Well, thanks to the ShowNo that's no longer an issue!


Shelly sent us a ShowNo to review just in time for summer! The ShowNo is basically a regular bath towel with a vertical opening in the middle hemmed with fun and colorful fabrics for kids. Simply drape it on like a poncho to towel off or cover up. Best of all, it fits kids ages 3 to 10 so you don't have to worry about your kids outgrowing it before you get your money's worth of use out of it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Guest Post: 3 Big Practices to Improve Your Gunpla Results

I remember the first time that I have started assembling Gundam model kits three years ago. My first kit was a 1/144 HG Aile Strike Gundam assembled straight from the box; no glue, no paint, no marker (and I did not even use clippers). I assembled it with my bare hands. Despite this, I have fallen n love to the hobby. The model was immediately followed by Impulse, Calamity and Justice Gundams of the same scale. It only took me hours to assemble these two. Then, I bought a 1/100 Master Grade Gundam Exia and was amazed with the detail that the model had. It even had a pilot and a cockpit. My love for the series grew even further.

Upon searching for further Gundam models, I came across unusually good looking Gundam models that looked even better than the ones displayed from the box. Later did I discover the art of painting, marking and other ways of polishing Gundam models. I wish I could have discovered this earlier and produced better results. So for those who are starting at the hobby, I strongly suggest learning and applying these skills out on your Gundam Models.


Perhaps, this skill has the largest impact on your gunpla's looks. First, it eliminates the obvious plastic look from your model. Producing a better color, texture, and matte finish. Painting can be done with or without a primer (base or surfacer), but doing it with a primer can prevent the paint from chipping, bulging, or cracking. The best part on painting your model is that you can customise its color. Personally, I also like the fact that it's taking me longer to assemble a model preventing the itch to buy a new one so soon.

Summer Splash Grand Prize Winner!

I know you're all super excited to hear who won the Summer Splash Grand Prize so I won't keep you in suspense any longer.... Congratulations to Dawn McAlexander, our winner of the Two Ring Adventure Playset sponsored by Kid's Creations!

I'd like to thank Kid's Creations for sponsoring, as well as my individual sponsors and all of the participating bloggers... You guys ROCK!

Didn't win the Grand Prize? Well, lucky for you Kid's Creations offers a variety of wooden playsets at great prices so why not order one today?!