Monday, October 31, 2011

Give The Gift Of "STRIIV" This Christmas! It Will Be A Blessing In More Ways Than One!

What would you say if I told you that you can purchase a gift that will not only encourage your friend/family member to be more physically active in 2012, but also offer them the chance to make a difference for a charity, without spending a cent?  I'm serious...would this be the type of gift you'd want to learn more about?
I know that, for me, I was excited to be introduced to Striiv at Blogher in August in San Diego, before it was released to the public! 
This product is not only something that will encourage people to get up and be active, but with the benefit being that their efforts will count towards a donation to charity...just because of your steps, would make me want to be walking more too!
I was so excited to receive a Striiv Belt Clip Bundle, and I am actually going to be gifting this to my dad for Christmas this year.  He has a desire to be phyiscally fit and healthy and I think that with the goals of "CHARITY" as his push, this Striiv product will give my dad a renewed sense of DRIVE towards a healthy lifestyle!  I KNOW he is going to love it! 
They also offer a great money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!

I bet, no I know that there are people in your life that would also benefit from a product like this!  Maybe it's even you!  Clip it to your keychain, your belt and get walking..."Striiv" towards your goals and offer charities some amazing donations in the process! 

Striiv should be wrapped and under EVERY Christmas tree this year!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

Guess Who's Coming For A Visit...From TEXAS...After A Whole Year?

My parents, will be arriving tomorrow to stay for a week with us! 
We are all very excited to have them staying with us, to be able to make some cherished memories, have some laughs and enjoy every minute of their visit.  They will get to meet JADE (the puppy) for the first time, enjoy some earlier than normal CT snow (unless it melts between now and tomorrow) and spoil & enjoy their grand kids for a whole week!

If my postings are a little sporadic, I hope you'll understand...it's been a whole year! I will do the best I can to check in and keep on top of giveaway winners, etc. 

But just know...it's just a temporary slow down, as we will just be busy enjoying some highly anticipated "out of town" company. 

Ready For Trick-Or-Treats? HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

As I am sure, your kids are super excited...
And your taste buds & tummies will truly be delighted...
May your night be full of Halloween fun...
And remember to drink some "HINT WATER" when you're all done!
Happy Halloween from our family to yours!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

This Winner Will Have Warm And Functional Hands This Winter!

The winner of the Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves Giveaway is:

I do not currently own any of their products.
jamiewhittington@yahoo.com

Congrats!  You have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thank you to Isotoner for sponsoring this giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cold Weather, "Putumayo Kids Celtic Christmas", and Holiday Cheer...BRING ON CHRISTMAS!

It cold very, very cold last night!  I am talking "time for it to snow" cold!  It did snow in other areas of Connecticut but thankfully missed our town (for now)...but I know, with the cold weather brings the HOLIDAYS!  
Do you prepare for the holidays by listening to festive music?  We do!  And I was thrilled to receive a review copy of "Putumayo Kids - Celtic Christmas" CD!

This CD is loaded full of Christmas favorites, all with beautiful voices and Celtic instrumentation

 I love this CD!  

Listening to this CD immediately put me in the mood to light a fire, decorate, bake and prepare my mind and spirit for the HOLIDAYS!



Put this CD in you car in November and I guarantee you buy December 24th, you'll be (and so will your kids) super spirited about the holidays!

I was not paid to feature this post1  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature! 

This Winner Will Love Their New @Playtexbaby Products!


what a great contest! Thanks for hosting! Definitely using one of those disposable mats for under the high chair! thanks again!

Congrats!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thank you to Playtex Baby for sponsoring this giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win!

Friday, October 28, 2011

~Chicken Soup For The Soul - Check Out This Touching BOOK And #GIVEAWAY!

When I was in high school, one of my favorite reads was "Chicken Soup For the Soul" books
They had them specifically for teens...which really spoke to me (about my life experiences to that point) and I typically either was in tears or smiling from ear to ear after each story.  This book series (which is HUGE NOW) includes every age range in their publications...
Even senior citizens (60+) can enjoy the Chicken Soup For the Soul with - "Inspirations for the Young at Heart".  When I think about being in that "GOLDEN AGE RANGE", I know that I will be young at heart too...so I loved the title from the get go!
This book is loaded with over 100 stories to inspire, make you laugh, offer wisdom and just comfort about life at a certain age!  I have no doubt that my Grandma's would both love this book!  Perhaps I'll be gifting this to one of them for Christmas this year!
Intermixed in the stories are silly cartoons that will guarantee to bring a smile to your face!  You cannot read one of these books (from cover to cover) without having your heart touched, moved and even having a sense of refresh & hope!  LOVE THEM!

I am so excited that I get to offer (2) Lucky readers their chance to win the same book!  Perhaps you are in that age category.  Perhaps you have a relative that would be perfect for gifting this book to.  Regardless, I know that whoever wins these books will be blessed by the uplifting and inspirational stories!

To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
1st - Tell me if you've read any "Chicken Soup For The Soul" books and if so...which ones you read
2nd - "LIKE" THEM on Facebook & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
3rd - "LIKE" us on Facebook & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
4th - Follow us on Twitter & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
5th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
6th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
7th - Enter one of the other giveaways & comment which ones you entered (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

This giveaway will end on November 12, 2011 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

Help Fight HUMAN TRAFFICKING...And Get Some Cute Bags To Boot!

Businesses with a great mission & charitable cause always grab me by the heart! 
This company I am going to tell you about is trying to make amazing strides to fight Sex Trafficking...

Lusso Bags not only donates a percentatge of their sales to stop SEX Trafficking, but also employ women who have been (or would be) involved in this horrible & awful experience.  Can you imagine?  WOW...this company is really trying to help make a positive difference in these women's lives, offering them job security and a trade to fall back on...to keep them safe & hopefully out of harms way.

Not only do they have an amazing mission, but they also make fabulously QUALITY made bags! 

I was thoroughly impressed with the bags & sachel we received!  They were made from heavy duty materials (yes, including the zippers) and are also super trendy and convenient.  Ideal for packing in your diaper bag, your suitcase, etc. 

These bags are amazing...and just knowing that by purchasing these bags, you could be making an extreme difference in the life of a person caught in this Sex Trafficking web...should make you feel even more satisfied about your new Lusso Bags.

I am excited to offer my readers a discount code of: MOMMY25 to receive 25% off your purchase!

Thank you Lusso Bags for letting me learn about your products, your cause and I pray that by me spreading the word, many other people will be touched and move to support your business & mission as well!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

These Limited Edition "MICKEY MOUSE COLLECTOR'S TINS" From Band-Aid Are Going To Sell Like Hot Cakes! The Cute Mouse Makes Boo Boo's Feel All Better!

There is something magical about that little mouse...the one with the bright smile, two large ears and history (and proven track record) for making kids everywhere smile!

Band-Aid brand has been making toddlers and children's injuries feel better, with their cute designs and protection from picking little fingers & lots of dirt for years!  So it's no surprise to me that they would introduce these "LIMITED EDITION" Collector's Series Tins with adorable Mickey Mouse on the outside and their amazingly adorable Mickey Mouse themed Band-Aids inside.  What a great combo, right?  Every child I know loves Band-Aids and also that adorable smiling Mickey Mouse!

LOVE THEM!

But I am not the only one that feels the love for the mouse...and this product in general.  When this product arrived (thanks to Smiley360.com) my kids were super excited too!  Seriously, who wouldn't want to wear a Mickey Mouse Band-Aid on their boo boo? 

CLICK HERE to order yourself a "LIMITED EDITION" Collector's Series Tin for your family!  I guarantee you that this little cute Mouse will help redirect your children's hurt and anxiety to smiles and giggles as they see their injury concealed by this cute little Mouse!  Plus, when you use them up, you can order more and will always have this cute tin to keep them safe & ready to go!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

WOW!! Why Don't Friends With Kids Have Time?

A friend posted this on Facebook and I had to share...

What do you think? 
Did the editor hit the nail on the head or what?  
Feel free to share with your friends too!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My "BETTER CONNECTICUT" TV Appearance...Are You Curious How It Went?

It didn't! 

Are you shrugging your shoulders & shaking your head in disbelief?  I know I was...but what are you going to do?  Sometimes "LIFE HAPPENS"!

On Sunday, after my son's football game, my husband & him were involved in an accident that left my husband's car UNDRIVEABLE!  Thankfully, no one was hurt (though it gave me a rather large size adrenaline rush when I heard about it)...but his car was not salvageable.
This meant one thing...we were down to one vehicle and my husband's job (and car hunting) ranked supreme to my drive to film the segment on Tuesday for Better Connecticut TV (which I was not being paid to film).  Since I wasn't sure we would have another vehicle, I had to contact them and sadly cancel my appearance as part of the segment.  TOTALLY BUMMED & UPSET...but like I said, "sometimes life happens". 
Don't worry, I don't think this will be my last opportunity to make a tv appearance (at least I hope not) and I do have an adorable outfit (that my readers on facebook helped me choose which shoes to wear) to wear next time.  Even have some adorable "WOOBIE WEAR" accessories to spice it up if I want. 

So now I wait for the next opportunity to be in the SPOTLIGHT...

General Mills Cereal and DC Comics Super Heros? Could There Be A Better Combo? CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME #GIVEAWAY!

My oldest son was obsessed with Superman when he was little.  He also had a little thing for Spiderman and several other DC Comic Book SUPERHEROES.  Now, his little brother is walking in his footsteps, as he's just now learning about super powers, being a hero, etc.
Since my little guy was home when we did the pictures...he got to be the one to pour himself a bowl of cereal...(WHAT A BIG BOY)
Look inside the box... (I love that General Mills still does box prize promotions...as it's not common to find that much anymore)
And score (look at his face) when he found a mini-comic book (one of four in the series) inside, that would captivate him, excite him and give his brother something that they could read together.
Not to mention that he got to enjoy a nice bowl of one of our favorite General Mills Cereals (who doesn't love those marshmallow shapes?)!
I get the pleasure of offering (1) Lucky Reader their chance to SCORE the same Super Hero Prize pack we received:
So get excited & on the lookout to collect all four mini-comic books in your favorite General Mills Cereal Boxes.

To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first, then one or all of the following):
1st - If you could have any super power, what would it be?
2nd - Who is your favorite DC Comic Super Hero?
3rd - What is your favorite GENERAL MILLS cereal?
4th - "LIKE" us on Facebook & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
5th - Follow us on Twitter & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
6th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
7th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
8th - Enter one of the other giveaways and comment that you did (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

This Giveaway will end on November  11, 2011 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with entry and leave separate comments for each entry.
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!  I received the prize pack from General Mills and DC Entertainment through MyBlogSpark!

In Case You Missed It Last Year: HOLY SINFULLY DELICIOUS! This Recipe Is So Yummy...It's SCARY! This Carmel Apple Cake Is DIVINE!

Part of the reason I love this time of the year, is because it means that HUGE DINNER'S with FABULOUS FEASTS will be coming very, very soon to a table near you! 
But the best part (hands down) of every one of those meals (in my opinion)...
the DESSERT!
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My husband came home yesterday from work with a grocery bag full of things and this newspaper article.
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The recipe was taken from the Food Network Magazine and he was dying for me to make it, so we could try it.  I mean, it said, "SO YUMMY, It's Scary" in the title.  And seriously, anything titled...CARMEL APPLE CAKE, sounds positively scrumptious, right?

So, while my husband and son were at the football playoffs, I decided to undertake this baking process and try it on for size.  LITERALLY!  Per serving, this dessert offers: 658 calories, 21 grams of fat, 115 grams of carbs, etc.  You get the idea.  Not the best for us...but since we aren't going to be eating this every single night of our lives, it's not going to kill us to indulge a little, right?
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The first thing I realized, was that I didn't own the right sized cake pan.  OH WELL...I just decided to make a longer and skinner cake instead...and you know what, it really didn't matter.  Though I didn't follow the rules to a "T" (cause I didn't want to put the apple in the middle with the stem hanging out), it turned out pretty amazing (and indulgent) and even, just giving the kids a sample taste of the Carmel topping & crumbles of the cake that stuck to the side of the pan...they were CRYING (literally) for more.
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Consider this to be the IDEAL dessert for Thanksgiving dinner...or even just a hearty family gathering!  Everyone will love the sweetness and tastes of this season in this Carmel Apple Cake. Just be warned...this is part of the reason that us Americans go on "NEW YEARS DIETS" come the first of the year!

Who cares! Indulge! Enjoy the sweetness & richness of this delicious cake! Thanks Food Network Magazine & the Connecticut Post!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way!

Does Your Skin Need CALMING? Let Eucerin Help With Their New "CALMING" Product Line!

My skin...oh what a topic!  When I was a little kid, I had pretty bad psoriasis and because of that, have always tried to focus on my skin's moisture.  But if you've experienced psoriasis patches before, you know they can be itchy, irritated and down right annoying...besides being obvious visual issues.
I never thought that I would hear of a company making a product to help CALM my skin...myself, "yes"...but my skin, definitely curious about that!
I'll admit...I had to laugh!  This mommy, of all people, isn't going to turn down the chance to try something that is labeled "CALMING" on herself and her family!  I can always use some calming down!  My kids as well!

Let me introduce you to the Eucerin Calming Skin Line.  I truly think these products were made just for me!
Their products are:


  • Using oatmeal and natural emollients, using their products you'll find you'll have softer, healthier, more comfortable skin.  At least I know that I did!

    If you, like me, have skin that sometimes is itchy, dry and needs some special attention...then I suggest (NO INSIST) that you check out and try some Calming Eucerin Products!  Your skin will thank you!

    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

    Another Fabulous Winning Announcement...

    The winner of the "BORNFREE" Gift Bag Giveaway is:

    I follow Born Free on Twitter @razzmyberry

    Congrats!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thank you to BORNFREE for sponsoring this giveaway!

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    A Huge List Of #GIVEAWAY Winners...Come See If You Won!

    The winner of the Keri "LUXURIOUS" Lotion Giveaway is:

    http://twitter.com/#!/mrsshukra/status/123304946140590081

    The winner of the Masterlock "SAFESPACE" Giveaway is:

    I would love to store our spare key in this! having one for the garage in there would be good too since its not attached!


    I haven't been personally affected by breast cancer, but my family and friends have pretty much been affected by every other type of cancer.

    Mine is Peanut Butter Twix.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

    Congrats to all my winners!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prizes!  Thank you to all the fabulous sponsors for all the awesome prizes!  Thanks again to everyone who entered to win!

    Many...Many...MANY Apologies!

    I've been missing and I feel the need to apologize for my absence.  As you know, my sweet sister & nephew were visiting last week.  On Saturday, we picked up her husband too!  Today, they are heading home! 

    Having them here has truly been a blessing!  I got to spend some quality time with my nephew (I think he likes his auntie) and my sister & I have been able to laugh, chat, bond and share.  Makes me heart happy.  I am not ready to say good-bye to them today (as they are headed back to Texas), but the time has come.

    Now for the apology...
    MY GIVEAWAY WINNERS will be announced tomorrow!  I am so sorry that I didn't stay on top of that this past week, but I have had very limited computer time, since I was trying to give my attention to my family.

    I have stacks (NO JOKE) of reviews growing by the day in my house.  BE PREPARED TO BE BOMBARDED!!  Awesome products, even some giveaways and you're going to want to check in everyday! 

    Again, I am sorry, but because we have no family around, when some comes to visit, I like to devote my attention and time to them while they are here.  I hope you will understand and you'll be excited to check in as I get back into my regular posting schedule and you, reading all about it!

    Welcome to all my new readers!! 
    This is not typical for me to go a day without a post...just so you know! 
    I WILL BE BACK...TOMORROW...SO GET READY!! YAY!

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Puffins Cereal...Mmmm Good! #WIN THIS #GIVEAWAY And Try It Yourself!

    When you think of "ALL NATURAL" and "CEREAL" together...you probably think...it's dry, tasteless and something that your kids wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole, right?  Well, it does for me...until I got the opportunity to try a cereal brand that not only takes "ALL NATURAL" and FLAVOR and blends them together, but kids won't even realize they are "EATING HEALTHY".
    We received a "Barbara's Puffins Cereal" Gift Pack that not only changed my opinion of healthy cereals, but got me excited to buy even more (after I saw my kid's reaction to it).
    My youngest daughter is in love with the Peanut Butter & Chocolate flavored cereal.  It happens to be one of their more POPULAR cereals, but who could not like the mix of the two together?  It gives you the sweet and savory all in one naturally sweet bowl of cereal.  YUM!
    I am excited that I get to offer (1) Lucky Winner their chance to win the same Gift Pack we received, which includes two boxes of Puffins Cereal and a cute Puffins Stuffed Pet (which you can see my daughter loved holding as she ate her cereal).

    To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
    1st - Tell me what flavor Puffins Cereal you would like to try for your family
    2nd - Tell me if you think your kids will enjoy eating this "all natural" type of cereal
    3rd - Tell me what brands of cereal do you most typically buy for your family
    4th - "LIKE" us on Facebook and comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
    5th - Follow us on Twitter and comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
    6th - Tweet about this giveaway and comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
    7th - Blog about this giveaway and comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
    8th - Enter one of the other giveaways and comment which ones you entered (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

    This giveaway will end on November 14, 2011 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry.

    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

    Sunday, October 23, 2011

    SNAPWARE...How I Love Thee...Let Me Count The Ways: In The Kitchen, The Office and This #GIVEAWAY!!

    Heaven knows that this mommy could use all the organizational help I can get.  With four kids running around the house, and stuff accumulating in the house on a daily basis, finding ways to stay tidy is essential to me!  That's why I was thrilled, no...ELATED to learn about SnapWare!
    Now, my sister was shocked that I had never heard of SnapWare, because she loves it and uses it already!  Since she's a crafter "of sorts" with a boutique...these snapware organizers are perfect for keeping ribbons, straight pins, glue sticks (for the hot glue gun), etc.  You get the idea!!
    For me...these awesome new 360Serve products are perfect for my husband's lunches for work.  I can just load up an extra plate at dinner and it's in the fridge and ready to head out the door with him, first thing in the morning as he heads in to the office.
    These "Snack N Stack" bins are perfect for me to keep track of paperwork (in the bigger one) and things like crayons and erasers for the kids.  Can you tell my daughter is excited about them?  SHE REALLY WAS.  She can't wait to carry the crayon bins to football/cheer (when she's just sitting around waiting for practice to be over).

    These are just a few of the items that SnapWare sent for me to check out!  I LOVED EVERYTHING!  I would recommend SnapWare products to anyone and everyone!  They really are fabulous!

    Would you be interested in winning the same gift pack I received? 
    I get to offer (1) lucky winner just that chance!  It was LOADED (no exaggerating) full of SnapWare Products:
    The winner will receive:
    To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
    1st - Do you own any SNAPWARE products?  If so...what? 
    2nd - What will you buy with your $25 Target Gift Card?  More SnapWare?  Snacks?
    3rd - Follow them on Twitter (CLICK HERE) and comment that you do
    4th - "LIKE" Us on Facebook & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
    5th - Follow us on Twitter (CLICK HERE) and comment that you do
    6th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did ( you may do this twice daily)
    7th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
    8th - Enter one of the other giveaways and comment that you did (you may do this once per giveaway entered)
     
    This giveaway will end on October 31, 2011 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry!
     
    Thank you SnapWare!  I am in LOVE!  Getting organized has never, ever been easier!
    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature! 

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Milky Way "SIMPLY CARMELS" Are YUMMY! Win This #Giveaway And Decide If You Give Them Out To Trick-Or-Treaters Or Eat Them Yourself!

    Growing up...no joke...my favorite candy bar EVER was hands down...the MILKY WAY
    It was the candy bar I sorted out of my Halloween candy in that "SPECIAL" pile.  It was the candy bar we used to sneak into the movie theaters to snack on.  There was nothing that compared to that chocolate covered carmel, nougat goodness.  YUMMY!!
    Did you know that Milky Way has introduced a new version that takes the two things I loved the most about MILKY WAY and mixes them together in a sweet treat!  It's "SIMPLY CARMEL". 

    DOUBLE YUM!  After giving it a healthy taste testing, I have decided that I LOVE the Simply Carmel too!  I can't believe that something so sweet can only be 100 calories too!  SCORE!  I think if I didn't occasionally get the plain MILKY WAY...I would miss the nougat, but I definitely love chocolate covered soft carmel candy bar as well. 
    Would you be interested in trying out the new MILKY WAY "SIMPLY CARMEL" bars?  I get to offer (1) Lucky winner a giveaway pack similar to the one I received!  WANT TO WIN?  I'm hoping it will get to your house in time to hand out for those trick-or-treaters, but if not, you can till enjoy those sweet treats all to yourself.

    To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
    1st - Tell me what your favorite candy bar (OF ALL TIME) is
    2nd - Tell me if you think that this new SIMPLY CARMEL will become your new favorite
    3rd - Will you eat your prize pack or hand it out to the trick-or-treaters
    4th - "LIKE" us on Facebook & comment that you did (CLICK HERE)
    5th - Follow us on Twitter & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
    6th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
    7th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
    8th - Enter one of the other giveaways & comment that you did (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

    This giveaway will end on October 25, 2011 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry!
    I know that my little trick-or-treaters are going to be happy I'll be handing out SIMPLY CARMEL bars from our front door!  Maybe you will too!

    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!