Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's in the Bag Sponsor Spotlight: Maggie Bags Eco-Friendly Handbags

I have been obsessed with handbags and purses for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I always had to have the coolest, most stylish bag there was and there was no way I would carry the same one around for more than a few months. Well, as you know many things change when you become a parent and of course my love for purses was put on the back burner.

When you're a mom you tend to lose style and focus more on function. Now I need something that can not only fit all of my essentials but also essentials for the kids like wipes, tissues, snacks, juice boxes... You name it, it's probably in my purse. It literally kills me to have to lug around mom bags instead of chic and stylish handbags... That was until I discovered Maggie Bags!

Maggie Bags are stylish and functional eco-friendly handbags and accessories that are made from genuine automotive seat belt webbing... Pretty cool, right?! Every year millions of yards of quality seat belt webbing is rejected by automakers because they don't meet government safety standards so Maggie Bags takes that high-quality material and gives it new life by creating a sophisticated line of handbags that are eco-friendly, or eco-chic if you will.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky - Own it on DVD Today!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky

Synopsis: Yo ho, let’s go! Set sail with Jake and his crew on a full-length, high-speed adventure on the high seas. According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever. Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race. But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon. With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook. In addition, enjoy four more exciting Jake and the Never Land Pirates episodes. Overflowing with music, swashbuckling action and seafaring fun, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky proves that being a hero comes from teamwork, determination and friendship!

DreamWorks Spooky Stories- Just in Time for Halloween!

DreamWorks Spooky Stories

Synopsis: DreamWorks Spooky Stories is the ultimate Halloween compilation, featuring the spookiest and funniest characters from DreamWorks Animation’s successful Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens franchises.  Join Shrek, Donkey, Puss and B.O.B. as they get the fright of their lives in six fun shorts, including two brand NEW titles: Shrek: The Pig Who Cried Wolf and Monsters vs. Aliens: Night of the Living Carrots.

The collection also includes Scared Shrekless, Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space, The Ghost of Lord Farquaad and the outrageously Shreked out parody of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. DreamWorks Spooky Stories also includes optional pop-ups on Night of the Living Carrots and the World of DreamWorks Animation featuring previews, music videos and more.

Personalized Gifts from Personal Creations

Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday so I spend most of the year thinking about what gifts I want to get for the people on my list, what new decorations I want to get for our home, and where I'm going to find it all! Well, I recently discovered Personal Creations and it has definitely become my new one-stop-shop for Christmas gifts and decor.

Personal Creations offers a wide variety of personalized gifts and home decor for everyone including gifts for him, gifts for her, personalized gifts for grandparents, gifts for kids, Christmas ornaments, and even personalized stockings. I was recently provided with a Personal Creations gift code and the opportunity to browse their website and pick out product to review.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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CAT Preschool Take-a-Part Machines Review and Giveaway

Boys and trucks pretty much go hand in hand beginning the second they have the option to choose their own toys. Trevor is obsessed with them so I am constantly trying to find new trucks that offer a little something other than just pushing them around and crashing into things. Luckily, Toy State offers a variety of trucks and vehicles for kids of any age.

We were recently sent a Take-a-Part Dump Truck from Toy States CAT Preschool line. This particular line features super fun pull-back driving action and engaging take-a-part play with classic CAT machines. Designed for ages 2 and up, these trucks are super easy for kids to take apart and put back together making them perfect for kids that are in the "do it myself" stage.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack Review and Downloadable Activities

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, AcademyAward®-winning director Steven Spielberg’s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray™ October 9, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with director Steven Spielberg, and “The E.T. Journals” featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet™, a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film, offering fans a chance to relive the mystery, laughter and wonder of the iconic movie anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

Saying Goodbye to Nutristysem- My Final Weigh-In!

If you've been reading my weekly Nutrisystem weight-ins you probably already know that I've been struggling with the program for a few weeks now... And I have made the decision to call it quits. Don't get me wrong, Nutrisystem has been absolutely amazing and I truly feel so much better about my self but I think it's time to take a new approach to this whole weight loss thing.

By no means am I giving up on losing weight, I've just decided that instead of "dieting" I'm going to try to do things the healthy way. I'm not going to go back to the way I was before the program which was eating junk food and drinking soda all day, instead I'm going to be a healthier version of my former self. Nutrisystem has taught me that snacking is okay in moderation and also that when you're craving something sweet eat an apple with peanut butter instead of a big slice of chocolate cake!

Now, I don't know that I'll continue to lose weight but I do know that I will not go back to the 184 pounds that I was before! That is a person that I do not want to be and Nutrisystem really has helped me to see the light. With a simple change of diet, you can be comfortable with the way you look and honestly you feel much better on the inside too.

Scented Bath & Body Products Review and Giveaway *Closed*

When you're a mom to little kids taking time to pamper yourself doesn't come easy. I'm lucky if I have five minutes to take a shower before the yelling and fighting starts, let alone have time to take a relaxing bath... And spending the day at the spa? Forget it!

Well, thanks to Scented bath and body products taking a little time for myself just got easier. Scented offers high quality luxury bath and body products including body creme, body polish, and bath salts... All of which can be used on a regular basis as part of your daily routine without adding extra time!

I was recently sent a few products to try and they couldn't have come at a better time. As the weather cools down my skin has a tendency to get dry and flaky if it's not moisturized properly, but with the help of Scented my skin is still luxurious even in the chilly fall weather.

Let's start with my absolute favorite product... The body polish. Scented exfoliating sugar scrubs contain ultra-nourishing jojoba, coconut and sweet almond oils to hydrate your skin while scrubbing spheres slough away flakes and dead cells making it absolutely perfect for my dry skin. The body polish is gentle enough to be used every other day and it's so convenient that you can exfoliate while you're in the shower!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Snomee- The Perfect Holiday Gift for Anyone on Your List!

I don't know a single person that doesn't have at least one hard to buy for person on their list. Whether it's the person who has everything or the person who wants nothing... Either way, there is that one person who makes gift buying extremely difficult. Sure you can give them cash or simply hand them a gift card but where's the fun in that? That's where Snomee comes in!

So, what exactly is a Snomee? Well, it's really two gifts in one! First, it's a snow globe with a fun winter theme inside. The theme can be anything from Santa working out for the fitness buff on your list to Santa surrounded by gadgets for the technophile in your family. The super cool snow globe also has a secret compartment where you can add a gift card or even cash for an extra special surprise.

Del Monte Fruit Cup Varieties Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I have always been a fan of fruit cups. Not only are they a nice, healthy snack that my boys actually like but they're also very convenient too. Well, Del Monte recently introduced us to their newest Fruit Cup varieties featuring Fall’s favorite fruits: Diced Pears in extra light syrup with Vanilla & Spice and Diced Apples & Pears in extra light syrup with Caramel.

Packed at the peak of ripeness, these new fruit cup varieties not only taste amazing but each cup also contains a full serving of all-natural fruit. They're the perfect size to pack in Brayden's lunch for school or to offer as an after school snack, and they're much more nutritious than a bag of chips or cookies which is what my boys usually gravitate towards.

To help celebrate their release of their new fruit cup varieties, Del Monte currently has a fun new game on their Facebook page... Flavor Boom!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Find the Perfect Halloween Costume at

Brayden has been obsessed with Mario ever since he got a new Mario game for his DS over the summer, so it was no surprise when he said that he wanted to be Mario for Halloween. After looking around at numerous stores we just couldn't find the perfect Mario costume... That was until we checked out the Halloween costumes at has over 10 billion unique costume combinations so it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll find exactly what you're looking for on their website. They have everything from infant costumes, kids costumes, adult costumes, and even costumes for your pets. And they have all of your kids' favorite characters including super heroes, angry bird costumes, princesses, and even their favorite Disney characters including Jake and the Neverland Pirates!

Stephen Joseph Sports Nap Mat from Posy Lane Review

I have been a tad bit obsessed with Stephen Joseph products for some time now. The designs are always adorable and the products are absolutely perfect for kids of any age. Posy Lane, an online webstore specializing in personalized gifts for children, carries a large selection of Stephen Joseph products and I was very excited when they offered to send us something to review.

We were sent a Stephen Joseph sports-themed Nap Mat to review. This nap mat has a football shaped removable pillow, attached blanket covered in all sorts of sports icons including a baseball and bat, basketball, and a soccer ball, and straps that allows the nap mat to be carried like a back pack making it easier for kids to carry back and forth.

{HOT Toy Alert} Barbie 3-Story Dream Townhouse Giveaway *Closed*

Welcome to the Barbie Pink Dreams Event hosted by Mom to Bed by 8!

The Barbie 3-Story Dreamhouse is the ultimate luxury home, and it's newly renovated with fab pink columns on glamorous photo-real wallpaper. Three fabulous stories include an elevator, lights and sounds. The first floor features a dining area, fully stocked kitchen and elegant, light-up chandelier. The second floor has a living room with a TV and "Roaring" fireplace, plus a signature-style bathroom. On the third floor is a posh bedroom suite with canopy bed and an outdoor balcony with a hot tub and tiki lights. Sounds include a doorbell, kitchen diner, crackling fireplace, running shower water and flushing toilets.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

InGenuity Cozy Coo Sway Seat Giveaway *Closed*

Bright Starts InGenuity Cozy Coo Sway Seat in Sumner Fashion
A gentle side-to-side motion soothes baby best. This unique sway is at the heart of this deluxe swing that features an ultra-comfy, cradling seat (adjustable to three positions), built-in mobile with adorable plush toys, 8 calming melodies or nature sounds, and TrueSpeed technology to maintain speed as baby grows.

You can choose plug-in or battery operation—with the considerable energy savings and WhisperQuiet ride of the patented Hybridrive. There's even a handy timer for automatic shut-off. Wrap it all up in sophisticated InGenuity styling and you've got yourself one irresistibly cozy seat.