Friday, August 24, 2012

Happy Nappers Only $8.99 Shipped!


Amazon currently has the Happy Nappers Bear and the Happy Nappers Cow on sale for $8.99 (that's 64% off) plus FREE Shipping! These will look great sitting under your tree Christmas morning :)

Rock Out with LeapFrog Touch Magic- Our "Rock 'n Learn" Party

LeapFrog is a brand that many parents rely on when it comes to learning toys for their kids, and their new Touch Magic toys are no exception!


What is Touch Magic?
Touch Magic, a new product line from LeapFrog, brings intuitive touch technology to preschool toys for the first time. Combining fun, learning and creativity, Touch Magic learning toys use touch technology that recognizes every tap, touch and swipe to bring each product to life.


Thanks to MomSelect we were recently provided with a few Touch Magic products including the Touch Magic Rockin' Guitar and the Touch Magic Learning Bus as well as several activity sheets, coupons, and invites so that we could host a LeapFrog "Rock 'n Learn" Touch Magic with a few of our friends. When our party supplies arrived my boys couldn't have been more excited! Of course, they wanted to open up the toys and play right away but they had to wait until party day.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Ghouls Fools DVD Review


SpongeBob SquarePants: Ghouls Fools
Available on DVD August 28,2012

Take a haunting, hilarious dive into Bikini Bottom and enjoy some ghostly tunes in the all-new DVD Spongebob Squarepants: Ghouls Fools.  In addition to the double-episode, “Ghoul Fools,” go on a treasure hunt, learn to tie nifty knots and board the Flying Dutchman to haunt the Seven Seas. This is a collection of episodes so good, it’s scary! Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, SpongeBob SquarePants: Ghoul Fools is available on DVD on August 28, 2012, for the suggested retail price of $15.99.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nutrisystem Weigh-In Week #15 #NSNation


Another week on Nutrisystem down! Not too much to report this week, we've spent most of it at home trying to wind down before school starts next week. I can't believe how fast the summer has gone!

Next comes the hard part when it comes to temptations... Fall means Halloween candy, pumpkin pie, candy apples, etc.... and as a person who loves her sweets it's going to be so hard to stay away from them! I need to just keep reminding myself, it's okay to have one piece of candy or a little slice of pumpkin pie, but it's NOT okay to eat the whole bag of candy and the whole pie topped with whipped cream!!


Luckily, I recently discovered that Nutrisystem has chocolate. I'm not sure why I didn't notice before but I had it for the first time last month and YUM! Now when everyone else is eating their Halloween candy I can eat my Nutrisystem chocolates and not feel left out. Thank goodness :)

Our Visit to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA!


My husband and I are always looking for the perfect place to take our boys for a little family fun, and although we live less than an hour away from Dutch Wonderland we had never been until a few weeks ago. It was the perfect summer day so we decided to load the kids up and spend the day checking it out!

Dutch Wonderland

We have driven past there many times so as soon as my boys saw the big purple dragon they started screaming with delight. We arrived pretty much as soon as they opened and the line to get in was nice and short, which is always a plus with little kids. Since we had never been before we figured the easiest thing to do was to walk around and check it out, and within seconds we were on our first ride, Dragon's Lair, which quickly became a favorite.

Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy Are Back! Aurora Review and Giveaway *Closed*


I absolutely loved Raggedy Ann and Andy when I was a little girl. In fact, my brother and I even dressed up as them one year for Halloween (can you say obsessed, LOL). Unfortunately I didn't hold onto my Raggedy Ann doll to pass down to my boys, but thanks to Aurora, the classic dolls are back!

Not familiar with Raggedy Ann and Andy? Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy were created by Johnny Gruelle in 1918 for his daughter, Marcella. Each of the ragdolls are handmade with fine facial features in soft brown tones and yarn hair and each features the traditional embroidered "I Love You" heart on their chest. These ragdolls are soft and huggable and are made to be loved, treasured, and passed along for generations.

We were recently sent a Raggedy Ann doll from Aurora to review and boy did that bring me back. I remembered instantly how much I loved Raggedy Ann when I was a girl and couldn't wait to share that memory with my boys. In all honestly, I had completely forgotten about my beloved ragdoll and never even talked about her with my boys until now.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Save up to $30 off a 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless

As you may already know I'm a Verizon Wireless Savvy Mom and today I have an awesome deal to share with you! Anyone who texts “30OFF” to 73507 will receive a barcode with an offer to save up to $30 off a 4G LTE smartphone priced $100 or more after rebates. This offer is good until September 30th. **Message & data rates may apply. New 2-year activation required.**

The Party Works Review and Party Pack Giveaway *Closed*


Kids and birthday parties pretty much go hand in hand, but as a mom I don't always have the time to go out and shop for party supplies... That's why I was so thrilled when I discovered The Party Works!

The Party Works is your one stop source for party supplies and favors for childrens, teen, and family birthday parties. They carry cake decorating supplies, bridal and baby shower supplies, holiday party supplies, and birthday party supplies featuring all of your kids favorite characters.

We were recently given the opportunity to review a party pack from The Party Works and since my boys love Phineas and Ferb we decided to go with the Phineas and Ferb Standard Party Pack for 8. This party pack includes: 8 invitations, dinner plates, dessert plates, cups, forks, spoons, 16 napkins, solid-color tablecover, foil balloon, 12 latex balloons (2 colors), curling ribbons (2 colors), crepe paper rolls (2 colors), and cake candles... Basically everything you need to make your party fun, colorful, and all-around perfect! 

Put a Stop to Bullying with Soap & Glory and STOMP Out Bullying!

Soap & Glory and STOMP Out Bullying™ are teaming up to put a stop to bullying!

Words can be powerful things – especially when they’re used to inspire, encourage, and speak out against prejudice. Soap & Glory – the British beauty brand famous for its effective, affordable and adventurously-monikered products (including the legendary pout-plumping Sexy Mother Pucker™ lip gloss) – has created the PROUD MOUTH™ campaign to support the leading national anti-bullying program in the U.S. - STOMP Out Bullying™.

We share STOMP Out Bullying’s NO MATTER™ campaign ethos: ”Honor our differences, respect & celebrate our similarities NO MATTER who you are, what you look like, your sexual orientation or your beliefs”. Fearless, confident, and proud of our distinctive look & voice, Soap & Glory hopes to encourage our hundreds of thousands of fans all over the globe to be proud of who they are – and commit to being proud of their words and actions.

Over the next year, we’ll also be donating $1 from every BABY DOLL Sexy Mother Pucker™ sold to help STOMP OUT BULLYING™. Our goal is to raise up to $25,000 for the cause. Applies to sales in the USA only. Show your support and purchase from www.Sephora.com now.

And for more about STOMP Out Bullying™ and their anti-bullying initiatives, visit www.stompoutbullying.org

Visit www.soapandglory.com/blog/us/proudmouth/ for additional information about the PROUD MOUTH™ campaign.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

GiftHulk Giveaway- $250 in Amazon Gift Cards *Closed*

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Big Time Movie and Rags: Double Movie- Available on DVD August 28th!

END THE SUMMER WITH NOT ONE, BUT TWO HIT ORIGINAL NICKELODEON TV MOVIES!


BIG TIME MOVIE AND RAGS:
DOUBLE MOVIE
Available on DVD on August 28, 2012

The boys of Big Time Rush and Keke Palmer are bringing the latest smash original Nickelodeon TV movies to DVD. The two hours of musical fun include Big Time Movie where the boys save the world with an awesome Beatles soundtrack as well as the Rags movie, a musical retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a twist. Don’t miss appearances in Rags by other loved Nickelodeon stars like Max Schneider (How to Rock), Avan Jogia (Victorious, Spectacular!) and Drake Bell (Drake & Josh). Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Big Time Movie and Rags: Double Movie hits shelves on DVD on August 28, 2012, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Keep the Little Ones Cozy with HoodeBaby Warmwear


Trevor has always been my blankie baby. I was lucky enough last year to replace his baby blankie with a larger, less raggedy one but even that one has seen better days. When I discovered HoodeBaby warmwear I knew it would be an instant hit and I was super excited when we were sent one to review.

About HoodeBaby:
Hoodebaby offers warmwear and rainwear for babies, toddlers, and kids. It is a hooded blanket that simplifies life for parents on the move. Slip on the hood, wrap up your babe, and go! It is faster, easier and more comfortable than a coat.

  

HoodeBaby warmwear is perfect for babies, toddlers, and kids of all ages. Crafted from micro-fleece and cozy baby bunting, HoodeBaby warmwear is super soft to keep little ones cozy whether you're using them as a blankie to cuddle or in lieu of a heavy coat on a cold winter day.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One- Available on DVD August 21st!


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One
Available on DVD August 21, 2012

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.

Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes a cornucopia of home entertainment offerings, many of which have never been released on DVD, from the original series Power Rangers. Through unprecedented access to Saban Brands’ vast archive of content, many of these DVD collections produced by Shout! Factory boast extensive bonus materials and collectible packaging, making them must-haves for loyal fans and collectors.

Frugal Your Food. Save Money, Maybe World {Guest Post}

Wishing you could have traveled more this summer? Want to be debt free by the holidays, or have more cash for Black Friday 2012? Just looking to streamline your budget and have more money for fun? Open your fridge.

By now you should have a budget. Don’t have one? You should know better, but don’t fret, making one is easy. Now take a look at that number you have next to ‘Food’.  What if you could cut that number down by a third? You won’t have to downshift to Ramen, PBJs, and millet.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to become an urban-hippy-dumpster-diver either. All you have to do is be slightly smarter with you food.

Only Get What You Need

I know, that seems pretty obvious, but it actually is the important step. Remember those times you saw that 5lb sack of potatoes at the store? Remember how cheap it was, and how it seemed dumb not to buy it? Remember that time you actually finished them all? Me neither. Well, not that last part anyway. The point is 30-50% of all food gets thrown away. We are all consistently overestimating what we need at the store, and buying too much food. It’s easy to get on track though:
  • Make a list before you shop. Plan your meals for the week, and be honest about it. Usually hit happy hour on Thursdays and don’t feel like cooking? Plan for take out that night, or have leftovers waiting for you. 
  • Stick to your list. Coupons and sales are nice, but only if you needed the items already. It’s very easy to be wowed by deals and leave with an extra grocery bag. Is it really saving money if you spend $25 you didn’t plan on spending? 
  • Be smart with your list, and consolidate your menus for the week. Want salmon for dinner tonight? Buy a little extra and plan for fish tacos tomorrow, instead of starting over with a new main dish.
  • Also, my personal rule is to never grocery shop when I’m hungry. Everything looks good. It’s a problem.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bloggers Wanted: GiftHulk Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Event {Sign ups close today!}


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Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit Review

Rubbermaid is a brand that I have always known and trusted so when I learned that they were now offering LunchBlox containers that are perfect for school lunches I was super excited!
Product Description:
Rubbermaid LunchBlox™ makes packing lunch easier than ever. These modular containers snap together in multiple configurations to efficiently use the space in your lunch box or bag. Containers are perfectly portioned for your favorite lunch foods with handy measurements on the sides of each container. Your lunch stays chilled with snap in Blue Ice™. Individual containers are sold separately from kits so you can configure a different way everyday.
  • Containers stack compactly to stay organized
  • Blue Ice™ keeps your lunch cool on the go
  • Secure lid seal
  • BPA-free
  • Microwave, Dishwasher, and Freezer Safe
  • Sandwich container holds regular and specialty bread
  • Sandwich Kit includes 2 Snack Containers, 1 Side Container, 1 Sandwich Container and 1 Medium Blue Ice

Top Tips for Choosing a Mattress {Guest Post}

If you’re about to invest in a new mattress, make sure you follow these tips to pick the model that’s right for you.

I’m on a budget

If you haven’t got much money to spend, an open coil or continuous coil mattress could be right for you. This type of mattress is the cheapest available, but because they’re generally made from cheaper materials, they tend to break and wear more easily. So, you may find that choosing the cheapest mattress you can find is a false economy in the long run.

Alternatively, you could opt for a mattress topper, instead of replacing your current mattress. Memory foam mattress toppers can work well. Just bear in mind that if you have a broken coiled mattress underneath, you’ll still be able to feel the springs through the topper.

I find it hard to warm up in bed

Many of us find it hard to warm up in bed – especially as we get older. If you want a mattress that keeps you warm, memory foam could be ideal. Memory foam mattresses reduce the amount of air that circulates around your body, meaning you warm up more quickly and stay warm throughout the night. Memory foam also moulds to your body as you sleep, reducing pressure on joints and bones. But they can be difficult to get out of in the morning if you have reduced mobility.