Sunday, February 28, 2010

Just A Reminder...Don't Forget To Enter! Tomorrow We Announce The Winners

Our two big "Thank You" giveaways end today! That's right, the giveaways of the $50 & $100 Target Gift Cards. If you haven't entered yet, ENTER NOW! Don't miss out on the chance to win and let the One Bored Mommy Blogspot thank you for an amazing year of blogging! To Enter the $50 Target Gift Card, CLICK HERE
To Enter the $100 Target Gift Card, CLICK HERE


Also, we still have some other amazing giveaways going on!
Check them out (see the right sidebar) while you're visiting and don't forget to follow the One Bored Mommy Blogspot so you receive updates on the latest happenings throughout this year. Honest product reviews, pictures & vlogs, and AWESOME giveaways too! Be a part of all the fun the One Bored Mommy Blogspot has to offer!

THANK YOU for helping us Celebrate our 1st Anniversary! What a Celebration!

You guys were amazing (and I hope you'll continue to be) with supporting all the fun giveaways we've offered this past month. We have gained a lot of new followers, both on this blogspot directly and on twitter. I can't wait to see what 2010 offers for the One Bored Mommy Blogspot! The more you read and participate, the more confident companies are about featuring their products on this blogspot!
You're an important part of what makes the One Bored Mommy Blogspot's world tick! Please be sure to check back often, if not everyday (everyday, a couple times a day would be perfect), to read about the new companies we feature, the fun & innovative products and to enter for your chance to win them as well!

THANK YOU! You guys ROCK!

Even More Winners To Announce...CHECK IT OUT!

The winner of the Noah's Ark Animal Workshop Pink Poodle Purse Giveaway is:

CindyWindy2003 said... 84
tweet http://twitter.com/carafferty/status/9239061205

February 17, 2010 7:58 AM

The winner of the (2) Boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks & $25 Donation to One Laptop per Child Program Giveaway is:

Eileen said... 66
follow & tweeted BC GIVE & WIN!

http://twitter.com/2sic2mooov/status/9587839784

thank you!

Congrats Winners! Thanks again to Noah's Ark Animal Workshop and Betty Crocker/MyBlogSpark for sponsoring this giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered to win these fabulous prizes!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

We Got To Meet & Greet Some Amazing Animals Today Thanks To Worlds Of Discovery!

As most of you will remember, I teased you a little with the fact that I was heading to NYC today to meet some amazing & exotic animals up close and personal. But you have no idea the TRULY amazing experience it was for us! I felt like a true VIP! Today in blustery cold NYC, Seaworld Busch Garden's "Worlds Of Discovery" booth was set up amongst hundreds of other exhibitors at the New York Travel Show. (The tickets for our show were purchased by Worlds of Discovery so we could gain entrance to their exhibit). When we arrived, there was a long line of excited consumers, waiting to get inside & see what amazing travel opportunities and adventures they could learn about and purchase. Most of the exhibitors were offering discounts on trips, special prices on cruises and world travel adventures that could take you to the far ends of the earth. Any travel adventure you could think of going on was represented there. Of course it made me wish we had thousands of dollars to spend to take the family on many fantastic vacations!However, we made a bee line for the "Worlds Of Discovery" booth. The "Worlds Of Discovery" is an entire conglomeration of companies including: Discovery Cove, Aquatica, Sea World, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Each park is a place I know our entire family would enjoy visiting and hopefully (fingers crossed), someday we can make that happen. But for now, we got to pretend we were there and meet some of their amazing animal friends one on one. I really feel honored to have had this opportunity.

We were introduced to Nick Gollattscheck, Director of Marketing Communications for Orlando Parks. He greeted us and welcomed us to meet "Dennis Hopper", a six month old red kangaroo that was all bundled up in it's little warm pouch. ABSOLUTELY adorable! I had no idea that kangaroos are soft as rabbits, but this little guy was super soft and super cute too!
Then we got to meet two sweet Magellanic Penguins. Their names were Pete & Penny. I learned that these penguins do not require a cold living environment like some penguins. They prefer temperatures in the mid 50's to low 70's. So the exhibit hall was the perfect temperature for them. Their animal ambassador explained to me that these two had a baby last year together. So they are a cute couple!
We also met a black & white Ruffed Lemur who had the brownest eyes and the coolest hands. His hands actually look like human hands and fingers. He even wrapped all of them around my pointer finger during one part of our meet and greet. I think he liked me! His fur kind of felt like a fuzzy cat and we heard he's quite comfortable in hotel rooms (his ambassador said even more comfortable than her)! This Kookaburra was kind of shy, but her male counterpart had a lot to say to us! He sang us a song and put on quite a performance. These are beautiful birds with amazing voices!
Here's a couple other critters we met too. This is the bearded dragon named Godzilla and a skink (though I cannot recall it's name).
But I have to admit...I got the biggest kick out of the 80 pound Burmese Python
All of the animals are flown in via airplanes for shows of this nature and even get their own seat on the plane. Check it out...we here are a few of their plane tickets. I also got to learn about their newest Busch Gardens attraction. It's called "Sesame Street Safari of FUN". It's 2.5 acres of rides, play areas, "Lights, Camera, Imagination" 4D movie and much more. This is coming to Busch Gardens this spring, but you can learn more about it by checking out http://www.sesamestreetsafarioffun.com/ . This is definitely an attraction I know that our children would absolutely love! If you CLICK HERE, you can register for a free PRESCHOOL pass (for ages 5 and under).

All in all, our time at the show was a one of a kind experience and we walked away with some amazing new experiences with animals we would have never had the opportunity to enjoy without the Worlds of Discovery's booth and invitation. I appreciate all of the "Worlds of Discovery" staff for being so informative and friendly with us. You can tell they really love what they do and they have a passion for these animals. So thank you! We can't wait till we have the chance to take our entire family to all of your wonderful parks.
You can also use the website www.seaworldparksvacations.com to plan your next family vacation to these fanastic parks.
I was not paid to feature this review!

Two More Winners To Announce...

The winner of the blabla kids Boogaloo Yupik doll Giveaway is:

Dana said... 61
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http://twitter.com/zebastyandylan/statuses/9140763109

February 15, 2010 5:55 AM

The winner of the Taylor Joelle Designs Crocheted Beanie Hat Giveaway is:

Elle said... 77
I'd love the Pink Posh Flower Beanie with green & white flower in 2-4T for my little girl. She's all about pink!

February 22, 2010 4:29 AM

Congrats to both of our winners! Thank you to blabla kids and Taylor Joelle Designs for sponsoring these great giveaways! Thank you to everyone who entered to win!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Do You Enjoy PaperCrafting? You must check out eWillow.com !

I enjoy reaping the benefits of those that are great at Papercrafting, however I have never been dedicated to doing it myself. In fact, my girlfriend (we have been penpals since 4th grade) actually makes personalized cards for birthdays, Christmas and other events. I always LOVE getting her cards in the mail, because I know she spent quality time crafting it to perfection.I'd like to introduce you to eWillow.com . This new website is a great way for those who would like to sell their papercrafting work to create their own PERSONAL storefront...and those of us that like to buy, can purchase too! Here are the following departments you can shop by:
Cool Stuff
Fun and Games
Gift Card Holders
Gift Tags
Greeting Cards
Home D├ęcor
Multicultural
Party Favors
Scrapbook Pages
Scrapbooks
Please head over to their amazing new site and look around. You might be setting up a store or buying something that catches your eye! Maybe it will give you the push you've been looking for to earn some money from your hard work and time. Besides that, I guarantee you'll be blown away by the jaw dropping talent you will happen upon! I was!!

I was not paid to post this feature!

Protect Those Little Eyes This Spring/Summer With Adorable Junior Banz...

I'll admit it! I have been really bad about enforcing sunglasses usage with my kids. Maybe it's because I am bad about it myself. If I used them, my eyes would be much more protected and this horrible wrinkle that has formed from years of squinting at the sun would not be near as deep and defined. However, I know that it's important to protect their little eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. That's why, we are fond of this company and all of their products! You may remember me doing a review of their Ski Banz this winter. If you'd like to read about it, CLICK HERE!
But with Spring/Summer right around the corner, we need eye protection that will not only be protective, but since I love for my kids to look great, I'd love for them to be stylish as well. I was thrilled with Baby Banz asked if we would like to review their Junior Banz Glasses. They sent us the Lilac Striped Junior Banz (sent free of charge) for my four year old to try out. Along with the glasses comes an adorable (matching) carry case and an easily attachable fabric strap. The verdict? She loved them! I love the fact that when she gets tired of wearing them, she will not loose them as easily because they are looped around her neck for easy carrying. Plus, I love that they come with a matching case, because they will be protected from scratches and filth when she's not wearing them. These Junior Banz Glasses fit sizes 4-10 and come in an array of colors and designs.
Baby Banz is so excited to share that they not only carry "baby" banz, but also children's, they would like to offer (1) Lucky reader their chance to pick their own "Junior Banz" for their child to wear this spring/summer. Getting excited?
To Enter This Giveaway (you can do one or all of the following):

1st - Tell me which Junior Banz you cannot live without (color or pattern)
2nd - Follow Baby Banz on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
3rd - Follow this blogspot & comment that you do
4th - Follow this blogspot on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
5th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you can do this twice daily)
6th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
7th - Enter any of the other giveaways & comment which ones you entered (you can only enter once per giveaway)
8th - Follow Modern Mommy MustHaves (CLICK HERE) & comment that you do
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This giveaway will end on March 12, 2010 and is open to US Residents only! Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave seperate comments for each entry too!
Thank you Baby Banz for the new Junior Banz we received. I am confident that our four year old will put them to good use!
I was not paid to feature this review or giveaway!

A Happy And Healthy Skin Winner...

The winner of the Vital Earth Traditions Gift Basket Giveaway is:

Tammie said... 265
In addition to the items featured in the gift basket, I'd be interested in trying Vital Earth Traditions Muscle and Joint Support Cream! :)

February 23, 2010 9:39 PM

Congrats! You now have 48 hours to claim your prize! Thank you to Vital Earth Traditions for sponsoring this generous giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Country Bob's Sauce "MADE" Our Hamburgers Tonight!

Our family is a family that loves to eat! Not only do we love to eat, but we enjoy the taste of the foods we are eating. Bland food is not allowed in our house and we take every opportunity to spice things up with flavor.When I was contacted by Country Bob's Sauce Company, I couldn't wait to respond. Trying out a new "All Purpose" Sauce was right down our family's alley!The box (sent to use free of charge) with two "All Purpose" Country Bob's Sauces inside arrived today and I was thrilled because I had planned for hamburgers for dinner tonight. This would be the perfect way to top off those plain burgers and give them some ZEST!! My family gave this sauce two thumbs up! See the pictures above! Seriously, even my little guy dipped his green beans in it! It's sweet & tangy taste is "THAT GOOD!"

Guess what? Country Bob's Sauce is so excited to have our readers try it out, they are offering (2) of our readers the chance to win (2) bottles of their "All Purpose" Sauce just like we received
To Enter This Giveaway (you must do one or all of the following):

  • 1st - Tell me what other Sauce or Product you'd be interested in trying from Country Bob's Sauce
  • 2nd - Follow Country Bob on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
  • 3rd - Follow this blogspot & comment that you do
  • 4th - Follow this blogspot on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
  • 5th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you can do this twice daily)
  • 6th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
  • 7th - Follow my Maternity Blogger's new blogspot: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
  • 8th - Enter any of the other giveaways on this blogspot & tell me which ones you've entered (you can do this once for each giveaway)
This giveaway will end on March 11, 2010 and is open to US Residents only! Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave seperate comments for each entry!


And hey, if you're at a lost for inspiration when it comes to cooking dinner (after you buy your Country Bob's Sauce), check out their recipe center and plan your next meal! Thank you Country Bob for helping our bland hamburgers have some delicious flavor added with your "All Purpose" Country Bob's Sauce.

I was not paid to feature this product review or giveaway!

WINNERS! WINNERS! WINNERS!

The winners of the Band Angels Giveaway are:

Benita said... 36
I would use them for the students in my class.

February 20, 2010 7:13 PM

erma said... 42
This would be for my kids.

February 23, 2010 4:47 AM

Congrats to both of our winners! You now have 48 hours to claim your prizes! Thank you to Band Angels for sponsoring this giveaway & thanks to everyone who entered to win!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Did I Mention...It's Pure Insanity Around Here! Day #3 Of The Insanity 60 Day Total Body Conditioning Program

The other morning, my husband called to me from upstairs. He was watching an infomercial for a workout program on dvd called "INSANITY". Being somewhat of a pessimist of infomercials, I watched intently...giving it a chance to sink in. Since moving to Connecticut (a year ago), we have not worked out and it's starting to show. We are not OVERWEIGHT, but middle age (in our thirties) is starting to show up rather quickly and unflatteringly on our bodies.So he asked me, "What do you think?" "I think we should get this program and do it at 5am every morning together, to get in better shape". I, of course, laughed...because I knew that my husband is not a morning person and getting up that early to "work out" would not be easy. But I decided that if he was willing to do it with me, we could try this Insanity workout out.
So after checking out their website, http://www.getinsanity.com/ further, I clicked the ORDER Button and the DVD's arrived shortly there after.

We started the workout program on Monday. It begins with a FIT Test...which you log your results onto a card, so you can keep track of your progress. Oh My Gosh! I am so out of shape, just doing this FIT TEST killed my body! Seriously! By Tuesday, I was hurting, but we got up and did our 5 am workout. I think both my husband and I wanted to cry half the way through the workout. It is INSANE! Plus, you're watching these individuals bounce around on the t.v. who's bodies are sculpted and toned to perfection, which doesn't help my self esteem at all.
Last night, Day #2, we took before pictures so we could track our progress. You're out of luck if you think I am going to share those pictures with you on here...but take my word for it, the camera doesn't lie! I wouldn't be caught dead in a sports bra and skin tight workout pants at the public gym if you paid me a thousand $$.
Anyway, this morning was Day #3 and my husband had to practically drag me out of bed. Why? My muscles are so sore, I can barely walk. How in the world was I suppose to "work out?" But we got the video going, started the workout and made it through another day of Insanity, but just barely! I have to keep reminding myself that it's going to pay off and be 100% worth all the pain. I know, NO PAIN, NO GAIN! But I really don't like self inflicting pain at all and have realized the past three days that I have done way to much whining about being sore. Being sore is GOOD! It means that I am working muscles that haven't been worked in so long, they are just starting to wake up again! Got to keep a positive attitude.
So, at the end of this 60 day program, if we send in our "before" and "after" pictures, we will receive these t-shirts (see above). And you better believe...if I make it through the 60 days of INSANITY workouts, I will be wearing that shirt proudly! I know my husband will too!

So I'll try the best I can to keep you updated on our progress and we'll see how Insanity changes my husband and my lives in the next 60 days...and hopefully beyond!
I was not paid to feature this review! My husband and I purchased this workout program, it was not donated to us!

Shift Your Habit - Save Money By Living Green Book Giveaway

How can that be? To me, when I think of going "GREEN", it sometimes means more expensive foods, organic products (which tend to cost more), etc. But can you really Live Green & Save Money at the same time? I received a book in the mail (sent to me free of charge from Engelman & Co) that has convinced me this just might be possible. Don't believe me? It's called "Shift Your Habit" by Elizabeth Rogers (who is also co author of the green book). This book is great! Not only does it introduce you to families that have actually put their preaching into practice and are saving money being "GREEN", but it also gives you helpful tips & hints on how to make your life easier, simplier and even more cost effective.
The book begins with a two page spread of "SUPER SHIFTS" or simple suggestions to KICK START this "shifting your habit" without putting much thought or effort into it. For instance, installing a water filtration system on your kitchen faucet can save you up to $885 a year. Simple, right? So why doesn't everyone just think up these ideas on their own? Because they need this type of book to remind them, suggest to them and convince them that it's possible.
Are you interested in Shifting Your Habit of spending money? Would you like to introduce your family to a "GREEN" lifestyle without breaking the bank (and actually saving money)? Then you will want to enter to win this amazing book. I have one copy to give away to (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader!

To Enter This Giveaway (you must do one or all of the following):
1st - Give me a tip you know or have applied that helps you save money
2nd - Follow Shift Your Habit on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
3rd - Follow this blogspot & comment that you do
4th - Follow this blogspot on Twitter : CLICK HERE & comment that you do
5th - Tweet about this giveaway (you can do this twice daily) & comment that you did
6th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you do
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This giveaway will end on March 9, 2010 and is open to US Residents only!
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No worries, if you don't win, you can also purchase this book on March 9, 2010 at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders & Indie Bound.
I was not paid to feature this review or giveaway!

Leaving A Legacy Of Faith To My Kids - Thanks to Monica Rich Kosann's Cross And Faith Necklace, Hopefully They Will Remember...

I would like to believe that when my time on earth is through, my kids (and friends and family for that matter) will remember me being a MOMMY (and woman) who had a lot of faith. Faith in our GOD, faith in love, faith in our family, faith in my kids and faith in myself too. Do you want to leave a legacy for your family to remember you by? If so, what would it be and why? Something to ponder and think about. Life comes & goes so quickly and we have to cherish every single moment we have.I was taken by the following woman's inspired jewelry collection. Not only are her pieces beautiful and made with exquisite details, but you can tell she puts a lot of heart into her designs, so they can be lasting family possessions. Things that you can truly pass down as a family heirloom. A solid memory of a loved one that will leave a lasting heartfelt impression on the person who receives it.I had the amazing opportunity to review (sent to me free of charge) Monica Rich Kosann's Cross & Faith Necklace. I chose this because I thought it was definitely something that my kids would be delighted to wear when I am gone...in my memory. I chose the sterling, because I am not a "GOLD" girl and feel it's a lot more subtle, although both choices are beautiful.So when the package arrived today, I was extremely excited to open it up and see what was inside. Presented in an amazing way, with lots of information, brochures and a little catalog for me to look through, I found this amazing Cross & Faith Necklace. The chain is lightweight and delicate (but absolutely lovely). The charms are extraordinary. The cross is presented on the smooth surface of the disc and a floral design is engraved on the back side.I love this, because my necklaces never seem to stay facing the right way and even if the cross side flips, it's still an amazing piece of artwork on my neck. The other charm is a FOB that has the word FAITH in block letters. It's bold but subtle as well. The necklace actually looks a lot bulkier on the website than it truly is in person. It's delicate, shiny and lovely! I am going to proudly wear this necklace and look forward to hopefully living up to my desire of leaving a legacy of being a woman of FAITH. This piece of jewelry will definitely be cherished by me!
Isn't it beautiful?
Not only does Monica create amazing jewelry, but she also sells her own unique collection of jewelry and home accessories. Today, Monica's brand-name jewelry, image cases and frames are sold in more than one hundred select stores across the country, including Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's, and Neiman Marcus. In 2008, Monica opened her own in-store boutique at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. If you are looking for a gift idea for your Mother, your Grandmother, your sister or even a friend, I would highly suggest you consider something from the Fine Art Of Family online store. Or perhaps you can visit her in-store boutique in New York City personally. Use the Code OBM2010 to receive FREE SHIPPING on your order (till 12/31/2010).
Regardless, I truly believe that her work is something to be cherished and definitely pieces to keep in the family from generation to generation!
I was not paid to feature this product review!