Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Will Pillsbury Cookies Be A Part Of Your Valentine's Festivities? #WIN This #Giveaway And They Could Be! #MyBlogSpark

I have yet to meet a Pillsbury cookie product that I don't LOVE...especially when it comes time to eat it!  I love that their products are super easy to make (since the dough is already prepared for you) and in such fun and festive varieties! 
In fact, be on the look out for these new Valentine’s Day Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ Shape® Cookies!  They will fill your home with love and now the magic of Disney®. Whether you bake these cookies for, or with your loved ones (because kids love helping in the kitchen with projects like this one), Pillsbury Ready to Bake Shape Cookies are perfect for bringing those you love most together on Valentine’s Day!
Bake your way into your family’s hearts this February with new Valentine’s Pillsbury Ready to Bake! Shape Cookies. To spread the love even further, you and your readers can visit this link to download a printable coupon for $1.10 off of the purchase of (1) package of Pillsbury Ready to Bake! Shape Cookies today!  WOOHOO!
To make it even better...I get to extend a giveaway of the above items (see picture) to One Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader!  We received the same gift pack and I am so excited to run to the store to pick & bake our favorite Pillsbury Cookies with the kids!


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"White + Warren" Team Up With Sally Hansen - So You Can Have Flawless Hands Even In The WINTER!!

Do your hands LACK the normal TLC they typically receive, during the winter?  Do you pay less attention to your finger nails, your cuticles, even the condition of your finger nails?
Well, White + Warren (one of the ultimate cashmere clothing labels) and Sally Hansen have teamed up to make sure that your hands LACK NOTHING during the cold winter months!!
I got the opportunity to receive their MANICURE set (but unfortunately not the cashmere gloves)...and let me tell you, every product in this SET is AMAZING!  Right down to the nail board! 

My cuticles have never (REALLY NEVER) been so soft, thanks to the Nailgrowth Miracle Serum!  My hands are moisturized and supple, thanks to the "Dry Chapped Hand Creme".  And my nails are perfectly shaped and painted, thanks to the Nail Board and Complete Salon Manicure polish!  Plus...I love the color!
If you're looking for a splurge...that will keep your hands not only looking amazing, but feeling amazing too...CLICK HERE and order yourself a pair of "White + Warren" Cashmere gloves!  Seriously, you'll be blown away by just how amazing your nails & hands can look during this winter!

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

Two Great Ways To Recycle Or "UP-CYCLE" An Old DINGY T-Shirt!

I'm all about recycling...if there are things to be RECYCLED!!  Even better...up-cycling something is even more exciting to me!!

Take an old dingy tee (can even be "STAINED UP) and dye it (I chose light mint green color)!  Then, cut it into strips and create an awesome INFINITY style scarf!  How cute, right?  I will be making one of these in every color I  can think of!  Took me all of 10 minutes to put it together!
Secondly, our puppy (dog) is always chewing on things!  Why not give her something that we would typically toss out...to play with.  The rest of the t-shirt I used for the scarf can be KNOTTED and makes the perfect chew toy for her to play with!  She's going to have a blast playing with this new toy!!

Of course, I found inspiration from PINTEREST, for both these ideas...
but added my own PIZAZZ to make them My OWN!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Taking "DRAB" and Making It "FAB" - At Least My Girl's Think So! I LOVE PROJECTS!

My girls were are in DIRE need of a dresser!  I'm talking ABSOLUTE DESPERATION!  When we first moved into this house, my girl's dresser fell into a hundred pieces (not really, but it was basically ruined) and they have since been "LIVING" out of their closet floor!  It's just NOT WORKING anymore!  I can't tell you how many times I've organized and sorted and folded and fixed piles...just to have the five year old knock everything over in distress, while looking for her outfit in the morning!  WHAT A MESS!

So I was delighted to learn that we have a HABITAT for HUMANITY "RESTORE" fairly close to our house!  I went this weekend and found an absolute steal!  A solid wood (blah looking) dresser for only $25.00.  I couldn't pass up this deal!  I already saw the inspiration of my transformation of this DRAB dresser into something FABULOUS for my girls! 

After figuring out what colors they wanted their dresser to be...I got to work, busily sanding, priming and painting! 

THE FINAL OUTCOME...is pretty fabulous...if you ask my girls! 
What girls wouldn't love a bright pink with purple handles dresser?  THEY LOVE it! 

"It's Beautiful!", the youngest daughter shouted! 
"Good Job Mom!", the oldest said, giving her approval!
Mommy (giving a big smile), "I love it too girls!" 

I am just thrilled to finally get their closet in order again...after almost three years of disarray!

"Udderly Smooth" Is An UDDERLY FABULOUS Way To Moisturize Your Skin! #WIN SOME To Try For Yourself!

My skin gets super duper dried out and cracked in the winter weather here in on the East Coast.  My hands, my legs and arms, even my face.  My poor little guy (the youngest) has extremely dry skin (year round), so finding a product that works for us all...is IDEAL!!
I was super excited to learn about "UDDERLY SMOOTH" Udder Cream
Now...before you get grossed out..HEAR ME OUT!
Udderly Smooth is a product that has been used for years on the UDDERS of a milk cow!  I can imagine that the udders probably get pretty dried out and chapped...so having a product to moisturize their sensitive skin in that area (where they are doing the most work) is necessary to keep them comfortable and functional.
Now think about your own skin.  Don't you "WORK" best when your body and skin is in fully moisturized, functional order?  I know I do!  When my hands are dried, chapped and cracking...I hurt...and don't function well at all when I'm in pain.
This super thick, clean smelling cream moisturized and nourishes the skin (my skin) and replenishes the softness that WINTER dries out of it.  I LOVE THIS STUFF!  It's also safe to use on your whole body!

Is your skin suffering this winter? 
Want to win some Udderly Smooth to try out on your own DRIED OUT & CHAPPED SKIN?  There are two chances to enter:

The second one is by liking their Facebook page (CLICK HERE), because when they reach 3000 "FANS" they are giving out 30 winners will receive some UDDERLY Smooth product!

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

Wuggle Pets - Now I Understand Why Kids Love Them So Much!

Take a minute and watch this video:

 Is this the first you've seen this commercial? 
If you have small kids like I do...chances are that you have not only seen the commercial, but the song has been stuck in your kids head (and yours too) at some point during the day!
The minute they arrived at our house (for this review/feature), my kids were already singing it!  Now, I'll admit that, I personally thought (from the commercials) that this would be a toy that would end up (after we were done) in the bottom of the toy pile, never to be seen again.  BUT I WAS WRONG!!
We took the contents of the package out...to survey what we needed to do, to get our Wuggle Pets ready for play. 
First, the kids picked out the character trait (personality) they wanted their Wuggle Pet to have.  Funny enough (out of the probably 20 available), my two little ones picked the same one for their pets.  I thought that was cute!
We loaded the stuffing machine with the stuffing and they helped me sprinkle the MAGIC DUST (confetti) in on top! 
Then we hooked our Wuggle Pets on the end, and they started cranking (which wasn't hard or difficult...even for the three year old).  As they cranked...they sang the Wuggle Pet's theme song!  TO FUNNY!
When the stuffing in the machine ran out, we sealed up the met and filled out the birth certificates, to officially make them a part of our family! 
Meet "Pet Pet" the Puppy!  Sorry...he was busy loving on him already!
Meet "Emma" the Unicorn!

Overall, our experience with the Wuggle Pets product was positive and fun filled.  My little guy wore his Wuggle Pet, hooked on his pants, for the rest of the night.  My daughter immediately hooked "EMMA" on her backpack to take to school with her.  She loves it!

If you have small kids and they have been begging you to get Wuggle Pets...you may consider it for a birthday present or special "treat" for them.  We had a blast making ours and it was cheaper than going to the store in the mall to "stuff our own" friends.  Plus, this size pet is much easier to "take with you" when you are on the go!  Just saying...our family loves our Wuggle Pets!

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

Saturday, January 28, 2012

You Made A LAMP Out Of WHAT??? Check Out These INVENTIVE Ideas! Be Inspired To Design Your Own!

I have a thing for light! 
I am a huge fan of it!!  The brighter it can be...the better! 
It's HUGELY attractive to me! 

So, I was in awe of some of the ways people have been creative and invented their own "LAMP" creations!  Check out some of these awesome ideas I found on PINTEREST:

How about a Mason Jar Lamp?  LOVE IT!  We all have a few of these laying around our house, right?

What about lamps out of tuna cans and little tea light candles?  I LOVE THIS!!  Of course, you cover the cans with some decorative fabric or paper...but you would never know what they were...unless you put them together!

How about a TOP HAT style lamp (this would be adorable for a boy themed room)!

OK...I think this is an adorable "LIGHT" for Halloween.  We all go through tons of Milk Gallons every month, right?  Make a few ghosts to line your driveway with!  SO CUTE!
Source: google.com via Courtney on Pinterest

How about lamps (for under the cupboard in a kitchen) out of tea cups or coffee mugs? I LOVE THIS one too!

Last one...how about making a lamp for your kitchen out of a wire basket? LOVE THIS LOOK! The basket can be as simple or fancy as you want. You can spray paint in whatever color you want too!

These are just a few ideas I found on Pinterest! What's the most creative or INTERESTING LAMP you've ever seen? Would you put any of these (that I've mentioned above) in your home??
I was not paid to feature this post! I was not compensated in any way by posting about these creative ideas!

Friday, January 27, 2012

3 Day Only #GIVEAWAY - PIRATE'S BOOTY Is A Must Have At Your SUPERBOWL Party!

Have you ever tried "PIRATE'S BOOTY"?
This delicious, melt in your mouth snack is not only a favorite of my kids (they can't get enough of it)...but the adults in this house love it too!  In fact, having a bowl of Pirate's Booty at your SUPERBOWL party on the 5th, might make you the "FAN FAVORITE" house because of your snack selections!

Enter to win one case (12 four-ounce bags) of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar for your Big Game Day party! 

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I'll Be "SHAVING" Far Less This Year...Thanks To Remington's New iLight Pro Technology!

SHAVING...it's my enemy!  I remember when I got to shave for the first time (much to my humiliation), I took a huge chunk of skin off the shin of my leg...and thought to myself, "OUCH...was it really worth all the anticipation and excitement after all?"  Little did I know that shaving was something that would become a daily thing...and one that I really don't enjoy doing all that much!

I know I'm not alone!  How do I know that?  Because companies are making products to eliminate the need for daily shaving.  Without the demand...these products wouldn't be HUGE on the market like they are!
I was so excited when "The Balancing Act" sent me the new Remington iLight Pro Hair Removal System to review (sent free of charge for this review/feature).  Why was I SOOOO excited?  Well, after the first initial removal (with the possible need for a couple follow up revisits), the need to shave or hair remove could be spaced out in (UP TO) 6 month increments.  AWESOME!  So much more appealing to me than shaving daily or even weekly (if you NAIR or use that type of hair removal product).
So, because I was new to this system...the DVD came in very handy...to get me started on the road to "AT HOME" hair removal.
I decided that my armpits were a good starting point.  Being blessed with naturally dark hair...my armpits are definitely a DAILY shaving area.  Even hours after shaving...it can appear that I didn't shave that day!  I figured that if I could take care of that would be an excellent JUMPING OFF point. 
So, last night I shaved my armpits and made sure they were good and dry.  Then I plugged in the iLight Pro and got started in the process of hair removal.  I'm not going to lie...it gives a good zap (even on the lowest setting)...but in the long term of things, I would rather a little pain then the daily annoyance of shaving.  It didn't HURT...but again, it was on the lowest setting and it was my first time using it too!

Listen to my VLOG about my experience:

Curious how much this system costs?  It's under $250 and if you went into a salon to have treatments, it would cost far more.  Plus, you can do it from the comfort of your own bathroom or wherever you are comfortable doing it.  You could probably even do it in front of the TV at night!
Don't worry...I will be doing a follow up to this review...in a few weeks, to let you know the results of the whole system!  Will it be worth your investment??  I have a good feeling about it, but we'll see.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!  This feature will also be included on "The Balancing Act" website!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Want To See Me On TV?? My Better Connecticut TV Segment...CHECK IT OUT!

This morning, as you know, I headed to Rocky Hill, CT to tape a segment for the
Better Connecticut Show! 
I got my table/display all set up, to talk about all the products I brought with me...
and then I settled into a seat in the audience to wait for my segment taping time!

HERE's my segment:

Of course, I had to take a picture with Olessa Stepanova, before I headed out!  
I had a great time and look forward to other opportunities in 2012 to talk about awesome products and get exposure on local and national television shows! 

Betty Crocker XO Laptop "Win And Give" Campaign - ENTER TO #WIN One Right HERE!

Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks wants to make it easy for kids to give back locally and globally.  That's why their WIN One & Give One Program is such a hit!  This always makes my heart happy too!  Hearing about companies with lots of influence, using it to make BIG CHANGES for people who really need it!
Isn't that awesome?  I love hearing stories about children learning to reach out...not only in their own communities, but across the world!  They can make a bigger impact that some adults can, because they will take the steps & leaps of faith that we (as doubting adults) are terrified to make ourselves.  Their unselfish giving & love makes a difference in people's lives and you can be a part of it too.

My kids always get excited when they see commercials about this program!  My oldest son always comments that he wants to "Win One, so he can Give One" too! 
The “Win & Give” campaign provides an easy way for kids to give back. Kids in the U.S. have an opportunity to instantly win a laptop from specially-marked packages of Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks. For each laptop won, Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks will donate a laptop to a child in Africa. It’s that simple. 
We actually gave one away last year and I am so excited we get to partner together in this awesome program (for a second year) to offer (1) Lucky winner their chance to WIN ONE & GIVE ONE too!
(1) Lucky Winner will get to help spread the word about this program through their own WIN! These laptops are built with rugged plastic exteriors, 1 GB of memory and 4 GB of Flash storage. They have wireless broadband and are designed to be extremely power efficient. In fact, the computer your reader wins is the exact same model that will be sent to children in Africa.  Plus, they will also a win a variety of Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks too!


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That's right!  This morning, I will be heading out, after I get the two older kids on the bus...to drive to Rocky Hill, CT to tape my segment today for the "Better Connecticut" Show!
If you're local...it's on today at 3:00 on channel 3 and I'd love to know I have your support!!
Plus...I am going to telling everyone about some fun, easy, time cutting, and healthier (stress relieving) "for your family" products!  Products that could help you make lower calorie meals, find your keys when they are missing, keep your hands warm when you're using your cellphone, keep track of how many calories you burn daily (and how much more you need to burn), etc.  You're not going to want to miss it!  TRUST ME!

I am hoping that I will be able to share my clip with everyone...
so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WHAT AN EXCITING SURPRISE!! Thanks @TheStep2Company For Our Sweet Treat!

Tonight, I heard a thud by the front door...and sure enough, when I looked out...there was a package!  Not sure about the contents inside...but seeing that the box was from 1-800-Flowers! 
Hmmm...what was inside that box?  A GIANT FORTUNE COOKIE!  And boy did my kids freak out!  For me...the question was..."who's this from?"

So, of course, we had to open the fortune cookie to see what the fortune inside said:
HOLY COW!  I was chosen to be a part of an exclusive blogging program for 2012 for STEP 2 Company!  I AM BEYOND EXCITED!  Not only does STEP 2 make toys that my kids love playing with...but they are durable enough to stand up to my kids ROUGH AND TOUGH play too!  Words cannot describe my delight!   
I am beyond delighted...and the kids are pretty gosh darn excited too (once I explained to them what it was all about).  And...of course...the FORTUNE COOKIE was a huge hit too!

I can't wait to dive into anything and everything you have planned for us in 2012!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent to announce my involvement in their program for 2012!

Got Kids, A Dog, or Allergies to Pollen, Mold or Dust?? YOU NEED "The Amazing Mat"!

With a dog (who likes to play in the mud), four kids (that do too) and all kinds of people going in and out of our door...I would hate to know what is really on my floors. 
 Seriously, I probably wouldn't be able to sleep at night!

What about you? 
Do you ever think about or get concerned about what could be lurking on your floors?
I was delighted to receive "The Amazing Mat" to try out for our family!  This mat is a specially formulated system, using multi-layered antibacterial adhesive sheets.  Each mat comes with 30 easy to remove sheets.
WATCH how it works!!
I picked the Oriental Rug style and I think it looks great by our front door.  I am also elated to know that it will grab dirt, dust, germs and whatever else could possibly come in through the front door on every one's shoes and feet.  What a great product!
The best part, when it gets dirty, I just pull off the sheet and another "FRESH" layer is underneath to keep my floors clean and my house freer from allergy causing particles that come in on shoes.  Plus...the sheets are recyclable. 

It also comes with a 60 day money back guarantee! 

So what are you waiting for?  GET YOUR "The Amazing Mat" ordered today and keep your house free from dust, dirt, mold and pollen too!

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