Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sweet Valentine Ideas - From "My Sunshine Shoppe"

Valentine's Day is coming soon!!
Are you looking for ideas of things you can get your little "SWEETIE'S"...that will give them a reason to smile?  How about something that will also give you a reason to smile too?
I received a sample from "My Sunshine Shoppe" of their CHUNKY JEWELRY line...that I wish was sent for me!  Honestly though...I knew that youngest daughter was going to go "GAGA" over this necklace we received.
It's bright...definitely chunky in areas...and a little over the top!  
WE LOVE IT!!  
We also love the ease of putting it off and on with the type of clasp too.
These necklaces are perfect for "DOLLING UP" an outfit for a party or special occasion.  They also make for the great "accessory" for your daughter's next photo shoot!  She's going to feel pretty wearing such a fancy glammed out necklace!
CLICK HERE to see their entire line of products...because they offer far more than just these boutique CHUNKY JEWELRY necklaces!

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Just In Time For Valentine's Day - Dora's Butterfly Ball DVD

If your sweetheart is a Dora The Explorer fan...there's an all new DVD coming February 12th, that would probably make an excellent Valentine's Present!

Dora's Butterfly Ball features three episodes from the current season of Dora the Explorer:

In Dora's Butterfly Ball - Dora, Boots and their new friend Mariposa head to the big Butterfly Ball.  Your little explorers are going to love being a part of this fun story!

Also included:

Vamos a Pintar! - an Art Filled Adventure

Feliz Dia de los Padres! - a Father's Day Adventure

Also included with this DVD, for a limited time only, is a Dora Sticker Sheet!  That's guaranteed to bring an extra smile to your little ones faces!

This DVD can be pre-ordered (CLICK HERE), which means it could arrive in time to sweeten your little Valentine's heart filled day!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

#Win A Heart Full of "BALANCE" For Valentine's Day!

Balance!  Isn't that what life's all about?  Balancing it all?  The good, the bad, the healthy, the not so healthy...we have so many things in life balance!
So...I had to giggle when a "HEART FULL OF BALANCE" arrived in a package!!
Considering that I have just spent 5 days completely laid up, these bars couldn't have come at a better time for me or my parents (who have been keeping everything running for me while I was "checked out").  We all could use a little BALANCE and a boost too!
These Balance Bars are nutritional, tasty and pretty much guilt free!  
These are the perfect way to balance out your day!
They are also the perfect size & individually wrapped, to put in your purse for those moments when you just don't have time to stop and eat!

Are you interested in winning a "HEART FULL OF BALANCE" too?  I get to offer (1) Lucky Winner the same gift pack as I received!

Enter This Giveaway Below:

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In Time For The CHINESE NEW YEAR - NEW DVD From Scholastic Storybook Treasures

I love my children to learn about all sorts of traditions and cultures!  It's funny, but in America, I think we tend to stay pretty AMERICAN, for the most part.  Children truly do love learning about other parts of the world, how they live, what they eat (though they may not want to try it themselves), how they celebrate holidays, etc.  It's good for them to get some cultural experiences...even if it's only by just watching a fun DVD.

I was excited to receive this NEW RELEASE from Scholastic Storybook Treasures called:
This DVD is the perfect tool for teaching your little ones (recommended for ages 4-9) about the Chinese and other Asian cultures.
The classic story "STONE SOUP", along with "The Five Chinese Brothers", "Lon Po Po" and "The StoneCutter"...will help your kids learn more about generosity & community.

As with all Scholastic Storybook Treasures, this DVD offers their awesome "read along" guide (which helps promote  and encourage your children to read along as they watch) and 43 minutes of educational entertainment!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this DVD & order a copy for your home!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Get Your Flu Shot And Wash Your Hands...

Have you noticed an absence in my blog posts this week?  

I've been sick, in bed, for the past 5 days...with the flu.  After visiting Urgent Care, yesterday afternoon, I learned that it has now turned into "walking pneumonia"!

I promise I'll be back in full swing soon...these antibiotics & cough meds are going to do their job and I am going to feel better soon!

But the moral of my story?  

GET YOUR FLU SHOT!!  
This flu strain this year, is nothing to mess with.  The doctor said that I was the third case of "flu turned walking pneumonia" he saw in the office yesterday.

WASH YOUR HANDS!!  Make sure your kids do too!  This is so important!!  Not only will this help prevent the spread of germs...but it might keep your house from getting the flu PERIOD this winter!

Just a little word from the wise, or at least a little bit wiser now (who has now learned through a not so pleasant experience).

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Kids Vapur Quencher - Filled Up And Backpack Ready!

When I pack my kid's lunches, I typically send them a juice box or bottle of water in their lunch bag, to drink when they are eating their food.  This becomes quite costly, as the year goes on, with three school goers!  Plus...what a waste, when you consider all the boxes or juice containers that just get tossed in the trash!

I am so excited to have found an option that cost $11.99, and can be used all year long, filled up...over and over again...with juice or water or whatever I want to put inside for their drinking pleasure!!  This could really save us some money!
We received this adorable Kids Vapur Quencher - "LOLLI", that our youngest daughter couldn't wait to decorate and make her own.  They come in four different characters and offer your child the opportunity to individualize their own Vapur Quencher, just the way they want it!
She got right to work with the three sheets of stickers, making a face for her quencher and then trying it out.
This Vapur Quencher is worth every cent, when I consider how much I can save, by sending with their lunches, filled up with water or juice, than having to purchase individual juice boxes for them to drink.  LOVE IT!!  Plus, when it's empty, it is flat and doesn't take up much room at all.  
She can't wait to take this to school on Monday!

CLICK HERE to check out all that Vapur offers.  
They have something for everyone in the family!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Valentine's For My Four Legged Friends - PETSMART Is The Place To Shop!

I love my four legged "BABIES" so much!  

So I can't help, but treat them to a little something special for the Holidays...just like I do my kids!
I was so excited that Petsmart sent us some of their Valentine's Day "Luv-A-Pet" Collection to enjoy and share with you guys about!  This Sweet Pack included two stuffed, plush, squeaky toys and a cute Luv-A-Pet tee.
As you can tell, the dogs loved the toys!  In fact, they haven't stopped playing with them since I handed them to them.  They are made of super soft material, have squeakers inside (which all dogs go crazy for) and will offer them hours of fun entertainment as they toss, chew and chase each other around with them.
But cutest of all is the Luv-A-Pet Heart tee we received for Trooper.  He's a "THICK" dog...and this shirt fits him like a muscle tee.  ADORABLE!!  We ordered a size Large and he's not quite LARGE yet...so I guess they might run a little small?  BUT HOW CUTE is this?  

CLICK HERE to see all the sweet treats and fun Valentine's Day ideas Petsmart has for your four legged friend!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bubble Guppies - "ON THE JOB" All New DVD Coming Feb. 5th!

Oh Bubble Guppies!!  
How toddler and preschoolers alike, love watching your show, singing the songs and learning new things.


Maybe that's why we...as parents, get so excited when a new DVD is introduced...that will not only entertain our young ones, but also offer & introduce new ways to work and play.

is coming February 5th...and includes 6 episodes that are guaranteed to keep your preschooler happily entertained with episodes featuring their favorite Bubble Guppies characters in fintastic underwater episodes!  They go on field trips, they learn about construction work, they  learn about different types of ball games and even visit a hospital!

Episodes:

This DVD can be pre-ordered by clicking RIGHT HERE and you can save a few $$'s ordering it early!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

@PetSmart Amazing Aquatics Sweepstakes


The start of a new year is an exciting time, and perhaps you are thinking about adding a pet the family. If you are looking for a low-maintenance place to start, a fish is a great first pet. Fish are generally easy to care for so kids can be involved with the responsibilities, relatively inexpensive and there are a variety to choose from.


PetSmart is making it easy for you to bring home a finned pet. 

PetSmart’s Amazing Aquatics Sweepstakes gives one lucky winner a FREE TopFin fish tank, up to a $450 value. 

And while on the Facebook page, you can also check out a “Which fish is right for you?” quiz to help those considering new additions to the family!   If you already have fish, you can visit PetSmart’s Amazing Aquatics Pinterest board and upload their tank and fish photos.

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Two of A Kind - "SING ME YOUR STORY" DVD

We just received a new DVD in the mail, that is fun, entertaining and loaded full of interactive & lively music for my kids to enjoy!!



The new Two of a Kind - "Sing Me Your Story" DVD offers 10 live performances with a full band, as well as 5 music videos.  These two talented artists (David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans) have been performing and recording music together for over 20 years...and this is their first FULL LENGTH video DVD.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this DVD, sample their music, and learn more about them too!

Your kids with love these LIVELY two & their music too!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gender Wars - HOT OR COLD - Honeywell #Giveaway Too!

It's mid January and temperatures around the US are all different.  In some areas, the weather is warmer and in some areas, the weather is DOWN RIGHT COLD!  Chances are...at some point this winter, someone in your house will be COLD and the heater might be necessary, right?

Well, Honeywell knows a whole lot about helping people get warmed up during the winter...and they are curious if there is a Gender Wars (of sorts) in your home over the temperature!  

Check out the information below:

Do you, or your husband keep the house WARMER during the winter months?  
Is there a way to find a happy medium?

Honeywell is offering (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader a chance to win this:

Honeywell EnergySmart® Surround Ceramic Heater



ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY BELOW:

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hallmark #Valentines - "Until We Meet Again" Bear And More, Plus #GIVEAWAY

Valentine's Day is coming!!  
If I was to ask you the "FIRST" STORE that popped into your mind when you think of Valentine's...what would you say?

I would say HALLMARK!!  
They are the Greeting Card Company that offers more than just simply cards...

In fact, they have the most adorable product (this year) to "gift" to your little sweeties for Valentine's Day...that they will be hugging on & loving for years to come!!

The "Until We Meet Again" Bear is the perfect Valentine's Day Gift for me to gift my nephew (who lives in Texas).  He can hear his Auntie's voice and how much I love him, every time he squeezes this SUPER SOFT bear's tummy!  SERIOUSLY...he's going to want to sleep with this guy (at least I think he will)...and not just because his Auntie can "talk to him" through the miles, through the bear!  He's going to love this bear!!
We also received an assortment of Valentine's Day Cards from Hallmark that range in price from $1.99 to $6.99.  The perfect assortment for any budget!!  Some are just simple cards, some play music and others are something they can use, after the holiday is through...
The best part about it...I get to offer (1) VALENTINE'S DAY Gift Pack to (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Winner too!!

ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY BELOW:

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Get Moving" With Ella Jenkins - Coming January 29th!

Have you noticed that the youth of our children's generation are far less active than we were as kids? I mean, childhood obesity is an epidemic, right?  In fact...my kid's have to do their PE at home (15 minutes a day) because they cannot afford time or a teacher in school to get them out & active during a typical school day.  Pretty sure all these awesome technological devices aren't helping either!!

So I love it, when we are introduced to not only people...but the product of their passion too, that offer something gets our kids motivated to move...
in a fun and musical sort of way!!

Ella Jenkins - also known as "The First Lady of Children's Music" will be releasing her newest album "GET MOVING" on January 29th, 2013.  It's a collection of songs that offer rhythmic movement, careful listening, singing and improvisation.  

YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE THIS!!  

This CD's music can help offer your child 60 minutes of play, recommended by First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of the "Let's Move!" Program, to prevent childhood obesity!

CLICK HERE to preview a few songs on this new CD...and pre-order your CD today!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Clump-O-Lump - Odd But Super Fun...

Yesterday, a package arrived at the door that I either forgot was coming or didn't expect it...  
But it was a truly fun and happily welcomed surprise!
When I pulled it out of the box...my kids all got extremely excited about it.
It's called a Clump-O-Lump!
This stuffed, plush, zip apart creature (we got the Bird-O-Bird) can be played with zipped all the way up, with only two of it's pieces zipped together or zipped together with other "Clump-O-Lump" creatures, to make a combination all of your children's own.
About our "Bird-O-Bird"...straight from their website:
It zips together and apart very easily and can be combined with several other "Clump-O-Lump" friends...
Something tells me that my kids will be asking for more of these...so they can "MIX IT UP"...and create their own too!

CLICK HERE to learn more about all their "Clump-O-Lump" products...for your little "creative" ones!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Our MexAmerica Dinner And Dessert...A True Tortilla Treat!

Tortillas are a staple around here!  With four kids, meals that are quick, simple and still tasty are a definite must and EVERYONE loves things you can make with tortillas.  That's why we love having them on hand for "quick fix" meals!

A few that come to mind:
Enchiladas
Tacos
Quesadillas
Wraps
and even sweet dessert treats...
So when a shipment from MexAmerica arrived with:
&
THE POSSIBILITIES for a yummy meal were endless!
We opted to make "Chicken Quesadillas" for our main course!  
And yes...they loved them, if you can't tell by his sweet and satisfied reaction!
And for dessert, I used the entire package of Whole Wheat Honey Torillas, for "Cinnamon and Sugar Chips".  
They were simple to make, probably not the most healthy...but a HUGE HIT!!

All of the products we received from MexAmerica were amazingly fresh & delicious!  We highly recommend them & will definitely be serving up more dinners using MexAmerica tortillas & products!

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Kitchen Table Bakers - Crisps Made ENTIRELY Of Cheese!

We are a family that LOVES CHEESE!!  We aren't real picky...but if it's cheesy, even the kids will eat it!  In fact...one of our family's favorite cheeses is PARMESAN Cheese!

I was delighted to have the chance to try:
These delectable & crispy "CHEESE CRISPS" are not only made ENTIRELY of cheese...and they are truly like eating the best part of CHEESY BREAD...on it's own.  
They are handmade...and totally addicting!
Paired with a nice glass of wine, for snacking or set table top for hosting, with meats & other cheeses...these Aged Parmesan Cheese Crisps are delicious from the first tiny taste.
You might not be able to stop yourself from eating the entire container...and yes, even my kids enjoyed the flavor!

CLICK HERE to learn more, as they have more than just Aged Parmesan Cheese ones...so if you're a cheese lover...you're going to love this new crispy snack!

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