Saturday, August 18, 2012

Metropolitan 5 Piece Dining Set Giveaway *Closed*

This giveaway is Hosted by: Mom Blog Society and Co-Hosted by: My Vegan Gluten Free Life, Powered By Mom, Military Travel Mama, Route249, Mom Does Reviews, and Mom To Bed By 8!


Prize: Metropolitan 5 Piece Dining Set, Black 
(Residents outside of the US will receive a $180 Walmart Gift Certificate)

Product Description:
The Metropolitan 5-Piece Dining Furniture Set makes the perfect contemporary addition to any home. This dining room furniture features four upholstered chairs and a rectangular table in an elegant brown finish. Constructed from sturdy rubber wood, the furniture set provides extra stability and durability. The compact design of this dinning furniture allows it to fit perfectly into small apartments. This rubber wood dinning set has a good solid construction that looks distinctly elegant. The chairs do not wobble. They have cushioned seats with 100 percent polyurethane fill for added comfort. The 5-piece dining table set is shipped to your home in one box and will require assembly upon delivery.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Adorable Kids Storage Bins from Sila Boutique Review

I've recently become a tad bit obsessed with online boutiques. I find the products to be so much more unique and the shopping experience in general is just different than it is when you walk into a department store in the mall. Well, I was recently introduced to Sila Boutique and I immediately fell in love!

Nicole Griffin, owner of Sila Boutique, has taken the experience she gained from working in the fashion industry in both New York and London for top fashion brands as well as niche boutique brands and has combined it with her own life experiences as a wife, mother and friend to offer distinct products at her boutique including products for girls, boys, mom, and for the home.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a product from Sila Boutique and since we were in need of a nice bin for a few stuffed animals that don't fit in the bin (okay bins) that we already have I ended up going with an adorable 3 Sprouts animal storage bin. The 3 Sprouts bin is made of a durable cotton canvas that is tough enough to hold toys, books, laundry, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Available in nine different animal designs, the 3 Sprouts bin will look perfect in any kids room or nursery and the neutral colors make them perfect for both boys and girls alike.

Back to School Spree Giveaway Hop $390+ in prizes *Closed*

Welcome to the Back to School Spree Giveaway Hop hosted by Formula Mom and 7 on a Shoestring! Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win 1 of 3 awesome prize packs! Read my reviews to learn more about the prizes then enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

Prize Pack #1 (ARV $153)
*Tea Collection $100 Gift Card- Read My Review
*Dane-Elec ColorBytes USB- Read My Review
*Gutzy Gear Prize Pack- Read My Review


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Nexus 7 Tablet Giveaway *Closed*


Mom Powered Media proudly presents the Nexus 7 Giveaway!

Nexus 7 Tablet Features:
  • Thin, light and portable the Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand.
  • With a stunning 7" display the Nexus 7 brings your entertainment to life in stunning clarity on a vibrant 1280-by-800 high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning glass.
  • With over one million pixels in your hand, text is sharper, HD movies are more vivid and gameplay is smooth and dynamic.
  • Less charging, more doing With over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or 10 hours of e-reading and up to 300 hours of stand-by time, Nexus 7 is designed to go the distance. Whether you measure battery life in chapters read, levels completed, movies watched or minutes of backseat silence, you can spend less time charging and more time doing.
  • Designed with gaming in mind Nexus 7 was designed with gaming in mind. With heart pounding quad-core performance and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer - do a barrel roll then tilt, touch and tap your way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring over 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play.

Help Preschoolers Prepare for the New School Year with Nickelodeon!

Help preschoolers prepare to start the new school year with these familiar Nickelodeon DVD titles, all available at retailers now!

Dora the Explorer: Musical School Days
Don’t miss a musical adventure to help Boots’ teacher get to school on time to greet her students with a song, learn new Spanish words, cheer up the Grumpy Old Troll and help Dora and Boots deliver mail!

Nickelodeon Favorites: First Day of School
Get ready for the first day of school with your preschool pals from Nickelodeon! Dora the Explorer leads the way in this adventure-filled DVD, which also includes episodes from Go, Diego, Go!; Blue’s Clues; The Wonder Pets!; and Ni Hao, Kai-lan!

My Job Chart- FREE Online Chore Chart and Reward System for Kids

We tried assigning chores to Brayden in the past but I couldn't find a system to keep us organized and help us remember which chores he had already done and which chores he needed to do... Needless to say in the end we gave up. Well Brayden is at that age where he needs to start learning about responsibility and thankfully My Job Chart is here to help.

My Job Chart is the free, easy to use, online chore chart and reward system for teaching, organizing and motivating your kids to Save, Share and Spend responsibly. With the help of My Job Chart assigning chores is now much easier plus with the reward system kids are more motivated to fulfill them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bloggers Wanted: Xbox 360 & 3 Games Giveaway Event

Xbox 360 & 3 Games Giveaway Event-Bloggers Wanted
Free Event

Hosted by: Mom Blog Society

Hearty Twists on a Classic: 3 Unique, Delicious Meatloaf Recipes {Guest Post}

As a kid, like many other children, I was never a fan of meatloaf. It just seemed “blah” and I wanted something delicious and decadent like mac 'n cheese. But after a little digging (and growing up!), I found what makes a good meatloaf recipe - extra spices and variations that can turn ordinary meatloaf  into an extraordinary dinner that I can even get my kids to enjoy.

And the best part is, meatloaf is so easy to make! So say goodbye to the excuses and try out one of our favorite meatloaf recipes that your whole family will love

To make your meatloaf even more delicious, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Consider adding tomato sauce to the mixture. It'll not only make the dish more moist, but it'll add a kick of flavor. 
  • For recipes that call for breadcrumbs, soak them briefly in milk for a more tender end result. 
  • When serving a whole meatloaf (instead of those made in a muffin tin), let it stand for about 20 minutes prior to cutting into it. This will help set the dish and make it easier to serve. 

Easy Layered Italian Meatloaf
This hearty combination includes ground beef, fresh veggies, and gooey cheese for a dish that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. The recipe calls for zucchini and mushrooms but if you're feeling brave, toss in a few red peppers, chunky tomatoes, or another favorite vegetable.

Nutrisystem Weigh-In Week #14 #NSNation

14 weeks down, 14 more to go and I'm just .4 pounds shy of my half way point. My goal is to lose 34 pounds to get me down to 150 and I'm down 16.6, not too bad in 14 weeks! I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself (pats self on back) for even losing this much and I can't wait to see what the next 14 weeks brings.

You may remember that last week I was in a little bit of a rut with the program but I'm feeling a lot better about it this week. I'm sure nobody can stand in front of me and honestly say that losing weight isn't a struggle and I'm just so thankful for Nutrisystem and the support that they offer.

In all seriousness, if you want to lose weight and don't have the know-how or support to achieve your goal you should definitely consider checking out Nutrisystem... And no they're not paying me to say this, it's my 100% honest opinion!

Starting weight: 184
Last weeks weigh-in: 168.4
Week #14 weigh-in: 167.4
Total lost this week: 1
Total lost overall: 16.6 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.

Capturing Summer Memories! #VZWSM

You may remember a few weeks ago when I announced that I was chosen to be part of the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program... Well I've been trying out my new Samsung Galaxy S III for a while now and I have to say one of my favorite features is the camera!

This smartphone features a 8.0 Megapixel Camera with zero shutter lag and an LED Flash making it perfect for taking along on day trips with the kiddos and capturing those fun summer memories. Plus it's the perfect size for sticking in my back pocket and pulling out when I need to.

Here are a few pictures from a recent trip to the park with my boys taken with the Samsung Galaxy S III!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Doc McStuffins First Aid Activities

Fill your prescription for fun with these Doc McStuffins activity sheets including:
*First aid clinic word search/scrambler
*First aid clinic/nurse hat craft
*How to make your own at-home first aid kit

Get Your Little Ones Ready for Preschool with Teach My! Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Trevor will be starting preschool in just a few shorts weeks so I was looking for some fun educational tools to get him prepared... That's when I discovered Teach My. Teach My offers award-winning all-in-one learning kits for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Teach My Preschooler product description:
Teach My Preschooler is the multi award-winning all-in-one learning kit for preschoolers 3-6 yrs. The kit is divided into four sections to teach your preschooler – Reading, Printing, Numbers to 100, Adding and Subtracting. Requiring no batteries or DVDs, the kit has an assortment of everything necessary for teaching preschoolers the basics. Full of activities for preschoolers, the kit has fully-coordinated books, flashcards, posters, a print guide and magic drawing board, all in a case.

Nicholas Sparks The Lucky One Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway *Closed*

The Lucky One
Own it on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Digital Download on August 28th

I am the type of woman who is a total sucker for a sappy love movie and in my opinion Nicholas Sparks' movies are the best hands down! I cry every single time I watch The Notebook and Dear John and I can't wait to add The Lucky One to my list of favorite tear jerkers.

Synopsis: Based on Nicholas Sparks' bestseller The Lucky One, Zac Efron ("17 Again," "Charlie St. Cloud") stars alongside Taylor Schilling (TV's "Mercy") and Blythe Danner ("Meet the Parents" franchise) in this romantic drama directed by Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Scott Hicks ("Shine," "No Reservations").

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive—a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bounceland Castle Inflatable Bounce House Giveaway *Closed*

Mom Powered Media proudly presents the Bounciest Giveaway Ever!

Summer is coming to an end so Life With Two Boys has teamed up with several other bloggers to give one lucky reader the chance to give their kiddos one last summer hurrah before the chilly fall weather hits!

The Castle Bounce N' Slide w/hoop is a spacious bounce house with castle top keeps your kids active all year round. Compact size allows it to be used indoors, such as in the basement, during cold or rainy days. Attractive bright colors perfect for parties. Jumping area of 77 in x 77 in and slide length of 60 in. Inflated basketball hoop attached.

Fresh Beat Band: The Wizard of Song DVD Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Fresh Beat Band: The Wizard of Song
Available on DVD August 14th!

Jason Mraz and Sarah Chalke guest star in the brand-new DVD, Fresh Beat Band: The Wizard of Song.  In the title episode, Marina gets swept up into a windstorm and lands in Oz where she meets Glinda the Good Witch played by Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), befriends a Scarecrow (Twist), a Tin Woods-Woman (Kiki), and a Lion (Shout).  They set off on a journey to find the Wizard of Song (Jason Mraz) so he can help Marina get back home.  In addition, preschoolers can enjoy two bonus episodes from the hit live-action series.  Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Fresh Beat Band: The Wizard of Song hits shelves on DVD on August 14, 2012, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Now Accepting Submissions!

Holiday Gift Guide

I know it's only August but the holiday season will be upon us before we know it! Now I'm not exactly ready to hang the Christmas lights and trim the tree but I am ready to start accepting submissions for my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. I will be featuring products for babies, kids, teens, adults, pets, household items, home decor, and everything in between.

If you are a business, company, PR representative, or independent consultant and you would like to have your product(s) featured in my Holiday Gift Guide please email me at (or fill out the contact form) with the name of your product as well as a link to the page where the product can be found.

Gift Guide Feature Options

Review Only:
I do require a non-returnable full size sample of the product for review purposes. All products must be received no later than November 25th to be featured.

Review and Giveaway:
You may also offer an additional product for a reader giveaway that will be scheduled to run between November 1st and December 10, 2012. All prizes must be sent directly to the winner unless prior arrangements have been made between myself and the sponsor.

Sponsored Post:
Want to be included in the guide but don’t want to offer a product review? I will also be offering sponsored posts as part of this years Holiday Gift Guide. Please contact me for rates.

Life With Two Boys will provide the following promotion:
*Individual review/giveaway post
*Promotional mentions on Twitter and Facebook throughout the holiday season
*Mention in a Holiday Gift Guide round-up
*If the product value is over $100 I will also add your logo to my sidebar for the duration of the season

Readers: Be sure to come back beginning November 1st to learn about the products I'll be recommending this holiday season.

School Lunches Made Healthy with Laptop Lunches Bento Box 2.0 from

It's the middle of August and that means schools around the country are starting their new school year. For us school starts at the end of August so we'll spend all month preparing... That means shopping for clothes, supplies, and mentally preparing for what's in store for us over the next year.

Last year Kindergarten started off very rocky for us, Brayden cried himself through lunch almost every day during the first few months because he was homesick and wasn't used to being away from me all day. I tried to add special things to his lunchbox to let him know I was thinking of him, like little notes and special snacks, and I'm pretty sure the only thing that made him through it was the fact that he brought lunch from home everyday so at least it was a little familiar for him. Well, this year he's headed into first grade and we're preparing ourselves for the worst while hoping for the best.

One thing we did need to invest in this year for school was quality lunch containers since he packs every day... Plastic baggies and cheap sandwich containers just aren't going to cut it this year! That's why I was so excited when offered to send us a Bento Box set from Laptop Lunches to review. I've always heard great things about Bento boxes and couldn't wait to try them out.