Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure- Available on DVD 7/31

DORA’S BACK JUST IN TIME FOR THE OLYMPICS WITH A NEW DVD!


Dora the Explorer: Dora's Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure
Available on DVD on July 31, 2012

Synopsis: Help Dora start the Fantastic Gymnastics show, win a ribbon with Pinto in the Big Horse Show and find Swiper’s favorite things in the brand-new DVD, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure features three new-to-DVD episodes from the Emmy award-winning preschool series’ current seventh season. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure will be released on DVD on July 31, 2012 for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bloggers Wanted for The Nexus 7 Giveaway Event {Free}


The Nexus 7 Giveaway Event hosted by Mom Powered Media

Prize: Nexus 7 Tablet
The event dates: 8/16 - 9/6
Sign-Up Here – Bloggers Wanted

GUND “Top Dog” Contest- Submit your photos now!

Inspired by the wildly-popular "World's Cutest Dog" Boo stuffed dog from GUND, the “Top Dog” Contest invites pup parents from around the country to submit photos of their own four-footed friends on the GUND Facebook page in one or all of the following four categories:

· Most Beautiful Dog
· Ugliest Dog
· “Doganista”/Best Dressed Dog
·  Dog that Most Resembles its Owner


The Grand Prize will have tails wagging; GUND will create a limited edition model of the winner’s dog. The dog will be available in gift and toy stores in 2013. That’s right! Your pup could become a GUND plush just like Boo!

Enter the contest by submitting your dog photos via the contest tab on GUND’s Facebook page. The contest will run July 16 - August 15, 2012; winners will be chosen the week of August 20th and announced the week of August 27th.

ScentSationals Wickless Candles Review and Giveaway *Closed*


When you have pets it can be very hard to keep your home smelling clean... Between the smell of the litter box and a wet dog I honestly don't know which smells worse! Along with cleaning constantly, I find myself lighting candles to ensure that our home smells it's freshest but I always worry that the cats going to jump up and knock it down or the dog will knock it over by wagging her tail too close. Well, thanks to ScentSationals and their wickless candles I no longer have to worry!

ScentSationals offers a great selection of ceramic wax warmers and a large variety of scented wax. The warmers are available in the original larger size or a smaller plug-in size. I personally prefer the plug-in warmers because we have limited counter space but the original size is a great addition to your home decor.


I was recently given the opportunity to review a warmer and a few scents from ScentSationals. I chose the Butterfly Yellow Plug-In Warmer and for the scents I went with Cupcake, Sugar Cottage, Cinnamon Apple, and Strawberry Lemonade, all of which smell amazing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dutch Wonderland- Merlin and Friends Character Breakfast PLUS up to $20 off admission!


A Kingdom For Kids! It's not just a slogan -- it's a commitment to young children and their families that beyond our castle walls is a place just for them called A Kingdom For Kids!, where family fun is proclaimed by royal decree. Since opening on May, 20, 1963, Dutch Wonderland has consistently been recognized as a premier family amusement park and has been voted one of the Top 5 Best Kid's Park in the World by Amusement Today magazine. Having your birthday party, other celebrations, family outing, and Scouting events at Dutch Wonderland is easy with catered options, picnic lunch boxes, and cabana rentals. With attractions like ChooChoo Charlie, Frog Hopper, Dragon's Lair, Duke's Lagoon and so much more, Dutch Wonderland is a favorite amongst children of all ages!

New for 2012! Merlin and friends host a magical buffet-style breakfast inside the Dutch Wonderland Castle. Meet Princess Brooke, the Dutch Wonderland Knight, Duke and of course, Merlin as you enjoy a yummy breakfast fit for royalty! Food selections include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, bagels, fruit, cereal, milk, juice and coffee.

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am (service ends at 10:00am)
Location: Merlin’s Restaurant (located inside Dutch Wonderland)
Dates: June 23 and 24, then Fridays – Sundays through September 2, 2012

Save up to $20 off Royalty Admission: Coupon valid for $5 savings off Royalty Admission price of $35.99, valid for up to 4 admissions. Must purchase tickets online with promo code 2012USFG. Get your coupon now!

Bath Time Fun with Squishy Baff! Review


Like most kids, Brayden and Trevor love to play in the bath tub... Whether they're splashing around in bubbles or squeezing water all over the place with rubber duckies, they'll stay in the tub for hours if I let them. Well, Umagine has made bath time so much more fun with Squishy Baff!

Squishy Baff turns ordinary bath water into fun, colorful goo and back again. Simply sprinkle the Squishy Baff powder into a tub filled with water, swirl it around, and within ten minutes you have a tub filled with goo. Then once you're done playing all you have to do is sprinkle in the dissolver and watch the goo magically turn back into water.


We were sent two packs of Squishy Baff to review, which is enough for four gooey baths, and it's a hit! Now let me be honest for a second and say that Squishy Baff is messy so if you're not one of those parents that lets your kids have a messy good time then Squishy Baff is not for you. That being said, we absolutely love it!

Online Resource for Working Mums in the UK- workingmums.co.uk


A little over a year ago I shared workingmums.co.uk with my readers but since my audience has expanded so much since then I wanted to share this terrific resource with you again.

As a parent it can be extremely hard to find a job that offers flexible hours to work with your schedule. Whether you need a full time job with flexible hours, part time work, compressed hours, or something short term, Working Mums can help connect you with the right employers.

Workingmums.co.uk is an online resource that offers so much more than your average jobsite... Along with job searches women can also search for small business and self-employed opportunities, franchise opportunities, and even work from home jobs. They also offer advice, news, support and information to their members.

Working Mums is super easy to use which makes it perfect for busy parents. Simply register for FREE, file your CVs and either wait to be contacted by an employer or search for jobs that meet your criteria. Don't let the name fool you- Workingmums.co.uk welcomes dads and other flexible job seekers too!

While I personally do not live in the UK I highly recommend anyone that does to check out workingmums.co.uk today... The perfect job for you could be just a click away!

Disclosure: Monetary compensation was received for this post, however all opinions are my own.

New York Style Bagel Crisps- Healthy, Crunchy Snack Review

As you probably already know I've been working on being healthier and losing weight for a while now. When it comes to snacking I've been looking for healthier options that are also satisfying. Obviously fruits and veggies are the healthiest way to go but sometimes you get that craving for something crunchy and flavorful and you just don't know what to eat... Well next time you have that craving pick up a bag of New York Style Bagel Crisps.


New York Style Bagel Crisps come in a variety of flavors including Roasted Garlic, Cinnamon Raisin, and Sea Salt in the original size and BBQ, Cheddar, and Garlic in the new mini size. We were sent a bag of Original Roasted Garlic and Mini BBQ Bagel Crisps to try out. While my husband and my boys love the original Bagel Crisps for their intense Garlic flavor and big crunch, I love the mini Bagel Crisps for the fact that they have 50% less fat & 18% fewer calories than the leading potato chips all packed into a little one-bite, crunchy snack.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Keeping Kids Creative Sponsor Spotlight and Pre-event Flash Giveaway: Kelly Kits *Closed*

I have teamed up with Heidi over at Mama-Nibbles and several other bloggers for the Keeping Kids Creative giveaway hop in September... This particular event will feature a variety of products and toys that inspire kids to be creative and use their imagination. Kelly Kits, one of my wonderful sponsors, has not only agreed to offer an Annual Subscription of their monthly kits during Keeping Kids Creative but they have also very generously offered an Annual Subscription to one very lucky winner during this 48 hour pre-event giveaway... Cool, right?! Check out my review then follow the link at the end of the post to be entered to win!


About Kelly Kits:
Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer. The Original Kelly Kit comes complete with one set of five unique activities that cover the five art disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, & collage. Each kit contains all of the tools & materials needed for the activities, the user just needs access to a kitchen! To increase functionality for homeschooling parents, each activity includes an instruction card with an enrichment idea to adapt the art activity to a school lesson. Kelly Kits are designed to encourage creativity & teach!

We were recently sent July's monthly kit which is a printmaking activity called Sponge and Stamp. The kit comes with everything you need to create fun pictures including compressed cellulose paper which turns into sponges when placed in water, scissors, paint, several sheets of paper, a pencil, and a cup for the paint. Along with the kit you also have access to member only content on their website including instructional videos and contests.

Guest Post: How to help your kids make the most out of their summer

Summer is a lovely time of year, the weather is usually great and it’s a perfect opportunity to do lots of different things with the family. After the novelty of being off school has worn off, it’s not long before you hear the cries of “I’m BORED” from your kids as the long summer holidays loom ahead, so it’s great to have some ideas handy to entertain them. As easy as it seems for kids to while away their days playing on games consoles or watching TV, the summer vacation is a great opportunity for them to explore some new hobbies and enjoy the great outdoors.

However, everyone is looking to tighten their budgets these days, so taking them on expensive day trips to theme parks can be a one-off treat, not an everyday occurrence. So what sort of activities can you do to entertain them that are affordable but also enriching? Look no further than your backyard! Getting kids involved in gardening not only helps them to enjoy being outside, but it also helps them to be responsible. So here are some activities to help inspire your kids to get out in the garden.

Garden maintenance
It might seem a little too good to be true, but if you get your kids involved in garden maintenance, they will feel a sense of inclusion and achievement. You could make it into a game so it entices them to take part, and perhaps give them their own little set of garden tools to keep in the shed alongside all the other gardening equipment. Identify all the different weeds in your garden and compile them in a chart. Every time your child pulls up one of those weeds, they can get a gold star – and once they have a certain number of stars they could perhaps get a little treat! Whilst they are removing the weeds they will also learn which plants need to be looked after – so when they are running around the garden they know which plants to avoid trampling on!

Our Vacation and Nutrisystem Weigh-In Week #11 #NSNation

We had a great time at the beach last week and I'm very excited to share some pictures of our vacation with you! (Click the picture to make it bigger)


Did you notice the picture of me in a bathing suit? A few months ago I wouldn't have dreamed of showing a picture of myself in a bathing suit on my blog but thanks to Nutrisystem I'm finally starting to feel comfortable with my body and I feel that the best way to show that is to put it out there for everyone to see! Now don't get me wrong, I have a long way to go before you'll see me in a bikini but this is definitely a start.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie- Available on DVD 8/7


WINX CLUB:
THE SECRET OF THE LOST KINGDOM MOVIE
Available on DVD on August 7, 2012
Pre-order your copy today!

Synopsis: Feel the magic as the fairies of Alfea College bring their adventures to DVD for the first time with Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie! Bloom and her best friends Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa and Aisha make up the Winx Club. Join them as they star in their first CGI full-length movie “The Secret of the Lost Kingdom” and seven bonus episodes from the Winx Club TV series. Powerful magic and strong friendships bring these six fashion-forward fairies together as all sorts of villains try to defeat them and the world. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie comes out on DVD on August 7, 2012, for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Beezer Playhouses Giveaway- Enter to win a Boys and Girls Playhouse Set *Closed*


Kids love playhouses. Indoors, outdoors, for an afternoon, or as a permanent fixture in your playroom Beezer Playhouses are the perfect setting for hours of creative pretend play. Our Playhouses are constructed from durable, 100% recyclable plastic and cardboard and disassemble in just minutes so your playhouse can easily be stored away under a bed or in a closet. Beezer decals allow the playhouses to be decorated into a cool boys clubhouse or a cute girls cottage; and the all-white interior is a blank canvas to be customized. Beezer Playhouses are perfect for smaller spaces where there isn’t room for a permanent plastic playhouse and they are great for grandparents, home day cares, and birthday parties. Beezer Playhouses are definitely “Fun Right Out Of The Box!”


Monday, July 23, 2012

Guest Post: Tips for Throwing a Budget Slumber Party

This guest post was submitted by Kate Sorenson of Coupon Cravings... Thanks Kate!

Kate and the rest of the Coupon Cravings team wish you “happy reading” with this article they shared. Kate is a working mom of two young children who loves a great bargain. She also realizes how important it is to find one without spending too much time – that’s why she runs Coupon Cravings. At her site, you can find tons of deals and bargains, all in one place. So check it out!

If you have school-age children, chances are you have been put on the spot to throw together the ingredients for a successful slumber party or sleepover. It isn’t cheap to provide food and entertainment for a bunch of rowdy kids, but it doesn’t have to be expensive either. Any good slumber party needs food and entertainment, so here are a few penny-pinching ideas for the next time the party is at your place.

A Slice of Life


One of the classic slumber party meals is take-out pizza; it’s quick, substantial, and generally liked by parents and kids. But after the cost of delivery and a tip, even a take-out pizza can get expensive. Why not attempt to get creative with your dinner by throwing a Make-Your-Own-Pizza Party? You might think that making your own pizza would be even more expensive than ordering one, but if you have flour and pasta sauce around the house, you’re half way there. Not only is making your own pizza entertaining, it is also generally healthier than take-out, and it allows each guest to combine the ingredients they love into their own unique creation. If you don’t have the motivation to make your own pizza, buying store-bought frozen pizza is another inexpensive way to get the meal that all guests will love.

Summer Fun with The Chalk Shop {Etsy Review}

I was on Facebook last month when I saw that The Chalk Shop was hosting a giveaway for one of their new products if you could guess what it was by looking at the photo... Can you guess what it is? (Photo below)


Well after a few guesses I finally figured out what it was... Sidewalk Paint! And I was so excited when they sent us some sidewalk paint along with super cool mustache chalk for the boys.


The Chalk Shop offers fun and colorful chalk in a variety of shapes and designs. Each set of chalk comes nicely packaged and is ready to be gifted, handed out at parties, or just because! They also take custom orders if you have a themed birthday party, want the chalk to come in certain colors, etc...

I'm a Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Mom! #VZWSM

Cape Henlopen

As you probably know I spent last week on vacation with my family. We had a great time in Rehoboth, De. hanging out in the bay at Lewes Beach and in the ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park. But I've been bursting at the seams to share with you some super exciting news... I was recently chosen to be part of the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program!

What exactly does that mean? Well, I get to spend the next 6 months trying out a new wireless device and sharing my experience with you... Cool, right?


We arrived home from vacation just in time to receive my new Samsung Galaxy S III and my husband and I spent all weekend trying it out. So far, we love it!