Thursday, June 21, 2012

Guest Post: How useful is cord blood banking?

Umbilical cord blood banking is extremely useful for medical research and the blood can already be used in the treatment of several serious illnesses. All expectant parents should consider donating cord blood very seriously, either as an altruistic public donation or privately for the benefit of the child and other family members.  The decision must be made before the confinement, as the time of birth is the only opportunity that medical professionals will have to collect the blood.

You may be wondering why cord blood is so beneficial and why you should consider banking it for the future.  It is the embryonic stem cells contained within the cord blood that makes it so important.  These cells are extremely young and unsullied and can be grown to become specialized cells; they can copy themselves repeatedly, unlike other more mature cells in the body.  That means stem cells can be used to grow new organs, treat disease, and replace damaged cells.

The cord blood is collected just moments after the baby is born.  Once that moment has passed, there is no opportunity later to collect the cord blood.  The collection process, which takes only minutes, is simple, painless, and non-invasive. In fact, neither baby nor mother will be aware of it.  Once cord blood is collected for banking, it is cryogenically frozen and can be stored for up to 25 years.

Personalized Reversible Super Hero Capes Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I don't know any little kid (boy or girl) that hasn't tied a blanket around their neck and ran around pretending to be a super hero or a princess at least once... Well thanks to Designs By Daish the super hero game has been taken to the next level with her personalized reversible capes!

Completely customizable with your childs favorite super heroes or princess crowns on one side and their name on the other, these reversible capes are sure to be a hit! We were sent two capes from Designs By Daish to review and they have definitely been a great addition to our dress up bag.

These capes are one size fits all and have velcro at the neck allowing for easy on/off for even the littlest super heroes. All of the designs are super fun, the colors are bright, and the fabric is durable... Overall, these capes are great!

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom Available on DVD 6/26



Available on DVD on June 26, 2012

Nickelodeon invites kids to join Dora and Boots on an exciting aquatic adventure in the brand-new DVD, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom, featuring Latina superstar Thalia as the voice of a mermaid. The DVD features the title episode and additional episodes from Dora the Explorer’s current seventh season.” Emmy Award-winning Dora the Explorer is an international phenomenon and one of the top preschool shows on TV after almost 12 years on the air. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom will be released on DVD for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I've Reached My First Milestone! #NSNation

After my 4 pound loss during my first week of Nutrisystem I had high hopes of hitting my first milestone within the first month. Unfortunately I had a few weeks where I didn't lose much at all and that first milestone kept looking further and further away. Well, after 6 weeks I have finally reached (and surpassed) the 10 pound mark... I've lost 11.4 pounds as a matter of fact!!

The other day I tried on a pair of capri's that just 2 months ago I couldn't fit at all and guess what... They fit with room to spare! It's little things like that that make it all worth it, in my opinion. I mean, of course it feels good just to see the scale going down but it's the actual physical things that make it really sink in, like being able to move the belt down a notch, or sliding into a pair of jeans instead of jumping into them, or even having your favorite shirt fit just right instead of skin tight!

Thanks to Nutrisystem I am well on my way to looking and feeling great and I'm so excited to see what's in store for the next 10 weeks!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites (Vol. 1) and Power Rangers Samurai: A New Enemy (Vol. 2) Available on DVD Today!

The Power Rangers Are Back In An All-New Series Available For The First Time On DVD!

The Power Rangers have returned to save the world as Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases for the first time on DVD, Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites (Vol. 1) and Power Rangers Samurai: A New Enemy (Vol. 2), coming this June. Join the team of Samurai Rangers as they battle Master Xandred and his evil Nighlok monsters to defend mankind. Power Rangers, a fan favorite, combines action-filled story lines with humor and heart while promoting strong values including teamwork, friendship, honor, fitness and loyalty. The DVDs each contain four episodes of the show and are loaded with special features including auditions, behind-the-scenes training, character and weapons galleries, bloopers and more. Featuring foil O-card packaging, the Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites (Vol. 1) and Power Rangers Samurai: A New Enemy (Vol. 2) DVDs will be available on June 19, 2012, for the incredible value of $14.98 each.

Power Rangers Samurai is the #1 kids action series across all television, consistently ranks #1 with boys, and is the #1 game on, where visitors voted it2011’s Game of the Year. These DVDs join an extensive licensing program with more than 100 new licensees worldwide that include toys, video games, apparel, publishing, sporting goods, food, beverages and more.

Audiovox Portable DVD Player Giveaway (ARV $230) *Closed*

Summer is here and that means it's time for traveling with family and friends. With the help of Audiovox you can take your favorite family films on the go with you! The DS2058 10.2″ Enhanced Definition Portable DVD Player with Swivel Display has a larger screen for easier viewing, clear picture display, decent sound quality, simple touch button commands and a unique swivel screen for better viewing reach. Watch your DVDs on the road, while camping and even in the comfort of your own home. This is one buy you'll be super happy to have on your next road trip, especially if you have kids in tow!

Audiovox DS2058 10.2″ Enhanced Definition Portable DVD Player 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.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Patio Retreat- Strathwood Brentwood 4-Piece Outdoor Furniture Set Giveaway (ARV $670) *Closed*

Welcome to the Summer Patio Retreat Giveaway Event brought to you by Mom to Bed by 8 the ‘Iowa-Mom’, Powered By Mom and Mommy and Baby Reviews and Giveaways!

We would like to thank our super special co-hosts Another Cent Saved, Giveaway Bandit, To Sew With Love and Opinions of a Moody Mama for joining us for this special event.

Gather friends, family, and refreshments and a enjoy a little patio retreat fully furnished with this four-piece set from Strathwood. The Brentwood collection includes two arm chairs, a coffee table, and a loveseat. Designed to withstand the elements, the furniture's frames are constructed of powder-coated steel in an attractive black with bronze flecks. Powder coating gives the furniture great protection against rust. Comfortable, durable seat cushions are upholstered in a polyester fabric designed for outdoors.

Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop- Teamson Design Corp. Children's Table and Chairs Set Giveaway (ARV $298) *Closed*

Welcome to the 2012 Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! Close to 100 bloggers have come together to bring you some amazing prizes to start your summer!

This event will run from June 18th through June 24th and hopefully you’ll be able to find (and win!) some great summer prizes! Each of our giveaways features a prize value minimum of $25 and there is plenty of time to hop down the entire list!

Don't forget to enter to win the Grand Prize too! The Grand Prize packages for the Summer Solstice include:
#1- $150.00 PayPal CASH (WORLDWIDE)
#2 - Sterling Silver Father’s Day Photo Dog Tag (w/20 inch Sterling Silver Box Chain) - $130.00 value (US/CANADA)
#3 - (3 winners!) 1000 Places To See Before You Die (US/CAN) - $20 value/each

Enter the Grand Prize- Please say that Life With Two Boys referred you :)

**Win It**
Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win a Sunny Safari outdoor table and chairs set from Teamson Design Corp. Read my review here then enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway *Closed*

Mom Powered Media has teamed up with 50 wonderful bloggers to bring you a weekly chance to win $100 to one of our favorite retailers!
**Win It**
This week one lucky winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card {paypal option available to winner's outside of the US}.

Giveaway ends June 24th at 11:59pm, open US & Canadian Residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!