31.12.10

5 Extra Entries!

Hi, everyone! I recently wrote a review for a wonderful website called JoeShopping.com. One of my readers is now competing to win $3000 and needs people to refer others for points. I meant to post this earlier. There are only 2 hours left in the contest now so, for all of you who didn't register under my name, please register under her name and help her win! If you do, just let me know you did by commenting below and you will receive 5 Extra Entries into ALL January giveaways!

We are currently on a brief hiatus as I've had some slight computer issues and no long have a working computer, but, hopefully, that will be resolved this weekend! So, please help out my reader, Judy, by registering by midnight!

Oh, and by the way,
Happy New Year!!!!

27.12.10

CSN Stores Review - Nostalgia Electric Cotton Candy Maker

For this Christmas, one of the only things I wanted was a cotton candy maker. I love cotton candy and couldn't imagine being able to eat it at any time! Yummy!

CSN Stores contacted me with a $45 review opportunity and I found the perfect little cotton candy maker, The Nostalgia Electric Cotton Candy Maker, for only $40.85! The cotton candy maker comes with a pack of mix to give it a try and two reuseable cotton candy cones, too.

The first time I gave the Nostalgia Electric Cotton Candy Maker, I made such a mess, but, after a few tries, I finally started figuring it out! First of all, let the maker heat up for at leat 5 minutes. Then, the key is to turn it off to add in the sugar mix... otherwise you will fling sugar all over the room. This is what I did the first time. Doh! Once the sugar mix starts heating up, your cotton candy starts appearing around the top of the machine. All you do is twirl it around the cone!

The pros to this machine are:
1. easy to use
2. yummy cotton candy
3. small and easy to store

The cons are:
1. The top gets hot so, keep small children away!
2. It takes a while to make enough cotton candy to fill the entire cone like you get at a fair. You must fill it about 2-3 times.
3. The texture of the cotton candy isn't quite the same as the usual cotton candy.

Overall, I think the price is great and, as long as you supervise, the kids will love it, too! Who doesn't like cotton candy? So, go to CSN Stores today and purchase your own Nostalgia Cotton Candy Maker! You can also purchase refills of the sugar mix!

21.12.10

Limited Edition Mrs. Butterworth

Ever since I was a child I remember seeing Mrs. Butterworth Syrup at the grocery store. I was so excited to hear about a Limited Edition Mrs. Butterworth bottles made especially for the holiday season. There are three festive bottles with Mrs. Butterworth wearing a different holiday outfit. There is the Caroler, Mrs. Claus, and the Gift Giver.

Mrs. Butterworth is the perfect addition to any holiday breakfast. I can just imagine our huge annual Christmas Eve breakfast accompanied by stacks of pancakes, butter, and Mrs. Butterworth on top! Yum! Plus, the limited edition bottles will fit all of the Christmas decor!

I love Mrs. Butterworth syrup and, admittedly, always drench my waffles with butter and syrup. It's so delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We've already used half of the bottle in only a few days. Josiah is a huge fan and wants to put it on everything... and he would if I let him.

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Mrs. Butterworth Limited Edition Bottles are available at Retailers Across the US!

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20.12.10

Furry Frenzies Review & Giveaway


About Furry Frenzies
 
This fall Hasbro released a line of toys called Furry Frenzies. What are they?

Furreal Friends Furry Frenzies Flurry in a Hurry"Furry Frenzies are a line of energetic, interactive pets that skitter, scatter, bump, and go where they want!" Press the Furry Frenzies on their backs and they scurry around the room, exploring any and everything. They keep going until they hit a wall or other roadblock, make little noises, and change directions. Nothing can stop these cute, mischevious creatures from their adventures. If you press their noses, you'll hear silly noises and giggling. Each of the Furry Frenzies has their own distinct personality and look so, collect all 6 of them today.

Each of the pets are sold separately and require two AAA batteries (included)! Furry Frenzies are suggested for ages 4 & Up. The retail price is approximately $7.99.

There are also a variety of playsets for Furry Frenzies, including the FurReal Friends Furry Frenzies City Center Play Set, Furreal Furry Frenzies Whirl Around Playground, and Furreal Furry Frenzies Cruisin' Carrier so you can tote your favorite pet around everywhere you go!
 Furreal Furry Frenzies Whirl Around Playground
My Thoughts

Furreal Friends Furry Frenzies Zippy “Zip” McNuttyI received a Furry Frenzies Pet called Zippy "Zip" McNutty! They each have the cutest names! It's little box was so cute with little carrying handles. Josiah couldn't wait to tear into it and play with his new pet. Before I could even find some scissors, the Furry Frenzies was out of the box and scampering across the living.

Zippy is super-cute and the little noises it makes are adorable! We also have a Zhu Zhu pet so, I couldn't help but compare the two. Hands down, the Furry Frenzies are much more adorable and fun. I also think they run better and faster across the floor. Plus, the sounds are much cuter and some of the sounds even resymbol words. Zippy says something that sounds like "What is that?", which is funny since that is Liam's favorite phrase.

FurReal Friends Furry Frenzies City Center Play Set

Josiah also seems partial to his Furry Frenzies and, for Christmas, one of the only toys he requested from Santa iss the FurReal Friends Furry Frenzies City Center Play Set. All of the toys are very cutesy and girlie, with pink, purple, and orange colors, but that doesn't bother Josiah one bit. The Furry Frenzies City also comes with the Furry Frenzies pet bunny and other accessories so you can comb its hair and put bows in it, too. I also bought him the Furreal Furry Frenzies Cruisin' Carrier so he can carry a pet around with him.

Your kids will love, love, love Furry Frenzies! I guarantee it!

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Purchase  Furry Frenzies Zippy "Zip" McNutty at Amazon.com for only $6.99!

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George Foreman Smart Kitchen Multi-Cooker Review

About the Product

The George Foreman Smart Kitchen is a very versatile appliance and we’d love to see what delicious creations you can come up with.
Here’s more information on the Smart Kitchen.
The George Foreman® brand pioneered indoor grills that Knock Out the Fat™ and is doing it again with a line of revolutionary products to help consumers cook more healthfully. The Smart Kitchen™ is a multi-cooker that can prepare rice, steam vegetables, sear and cook meat, make stews, warm sauces and more. This appliance takes one-pot cooking to a whole new level with unique features and a great-looking design.

Key product features include:
  • George Foreman RC0010B Smart Kitchen 30-Cup Digital Multicooker with Sear SettingEasy-to-use one-touch digital Intelli-Probe™ controls has settings to make rice and steam vegetables as well as variable settings up to 500°F for stews, soups and sauces. The Smart Kitchen™ also includes a “Sear” button for meats, making it even easier to prepare a healthy meal in minutes.
  • George Tough™ nonstick coating for oil-free cooking. Also great for easy cleaning.
  • Tempered glass lid with adjustable steam vent for monitoring cooking progress and controlling steam.
  • Die-Cast Aluminum Gun Metal Finish (5.5 quarts/30 cups).
My Thoughts

I couldn't wait to receive the George Foreman Smart Kitchen 30-Cup Digital Multicooker to review! First of all, I've gone through three George George Foreman Nonstick Countertop Grills since college and have loved every single one of them. They do last forever, but I always seemed to lose a part when I moved and I just couldn't bare to live without my grill so, I just bought a new one! Secondly, my husband has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and he needs to lose weight so, I thought this would be perfect for our meals.

We used to own a rice cooker and a steamer, but this combines them, making it a space saver, too! I was a little worried about all of the buttons on the side, but the directions completely explained how to use the Multicooker.My only complaint is that, unlike with my other George Foreman grills, there were no recipes included in the box. I honestly had no idea what to make or where to even begin. Luckily my husband is more of an adventurous cook.

For our first meal with the Smart Kitchen Multi-Cooker we made rice with marinated chicken and broccoli. In only about 20 minutes the Multi-Cooker had made us a delicious and nutritious dinner. I love steamed vegetables because it retains all of the vitamins and minerals. I also liked the steamed chicken because the steamer made it extremely moist. We are very happy with the George Foreman Smart Kitchen Digital Multicooker and definitely recommend it to others who enjoy steamed foods and an easy way to make rice on a daily basis!

Buy It
So, are you ready to try out your own George Foreman Multicooker? Purchase one today at Amazon.com for only $65.97! Let me know if you have any great recipes! I'd love to find some new ones!

Here's a delicious recipe in case you purchase one or already have one!

Arroz Con Pollo
Corn tortillas may be warmed in the steamer basket. Place over the cooked chicken and rice and let warm during the 5 minute stand time.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch flat pieces
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped white onion
  • 1 1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimento stuffed green olives
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: chili powder and ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (4-oz.) can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • Chopped fresh cilantro and sliced green onions (optional)

Set Smart Kitchen to the browning setting and add butter and chicken; cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is browned, turning once or twice. Stir in rice and cook for 5
minutes more. Stir in onion, broth, wine, bell pepper, olives, seasonings, garlic and chiles; cover and cook on the simmer setting for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in salsa and sprinkle with cilantro and green onions, if you like. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories:  380, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 680mg, Potassium: 507mg, Carbohydrates: 40g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 32g,  Vitamin A: 20%, Vitamin C: 60%, Calcium: 6%, Iron:  20%

This review was written in conjunction with The Family Review Network for George Foreman Healthy Cooking. No compensation was given for my review other than the multicooker. All opinions stated are completely and 100% mine and only mine.

A Great Buy At Amazon.com

I just found this awesome deal at Amazon.com and had to share it. I've been looking for trikes for Liam, but they are so expensive. I wanted one that I could push him in as a baby and one that will grow with him, allowing him to peddle as he gets older. The problem is that most of them were about $150. I just found this trike on Amazon.com on sale today...


It's the Alex Ready, Set, Go! Red Trike for only $49.99 with the ability to strap baby in and, as they get older, you can take the straps and handles off so they can use it as their first tricycle. Isn't it cute! The girl version of this one is listed at $159.97 so, don't miss out on this awesome deal! I'm about to go purchase mine right now. Let me know if you get one and how you like it. The only negative review I've read is that the construction is a pain. That's my husband's job, though. hehe! Merry Christmas!

CSN Stores &40 Gift Credit Giveaway

There is something in your home that everyone looks at, even if only indirectly. That's why it's so important to find a quality TV stand that fits the rest of your decor! CSN Stores has such a wonderful selection of tv stands and other items to make your living room not only livable, but a fun place to entertain guests!

I'm such a huge CSN Stores fan, but don't take my word for it, go check it out yourself! Here's a giveaway gift credit giveaway to help you with your purchase! This one will be a ONE entry giveaway!

Win It
One Lucky Reader Will Win a $40 CSN Stores gift credit to use at over 200+ stores!

How to Enter (Mandatory)
 Click on the link above (on TV stand) and Comment Below On One Item You'd Love to Have In Your Living Room!

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Olee Kids Wall Graphics Review & Giveaway

Olee Kids has been designing wall graphics since 1967 so, they know a thing or two about creating wonderful quality wall graphics! The Olee Kids mission is to "capture life's big moments" and they do just that! Do you have an especially wonderful picture of your child(ren)? Olee Kids can create a Snapshot Wall Graphic for you to display proudly in your living room or kid's room! Also, Olee Kids offers a variety of wall graphics, including initials, monograms, quotes and more!
Here are some of the amazing wall graphics by Olee Kids:

Make Your Little One A Star on A Snapshot Wall Graphic!

Find a Quote that Fits Any Room In the House!

Or Buy Fun Themed Graphic Packs Like The Advent Calendar Below:
Kids can countdown the days until Christmas by adding a number to the tree each day! How fun is that?

My Thoughts

I was able to pick out one wall graphic to review and choose the name graphic "Write Your Name in the Sky" with Josiah's name, clouds, and airplanes. I knew he'd love it. Here's what it looks like:
Any normal person would probably realize that the blue part is not included in the graphic, but me? No, I thought the entire graphic was a square to put on your wall. Wrong! I received a huge package with several parts of the graphics so you can add the name, planes, and the cloud parts. I wondered why it was a little more expensive and I know exactly why now - It is seriously HUGE and completely worth the money!

I have wall decals on Josiah's walls already, but they are just small little cars so, this was great to put right above his bed. It's definitely a two-person operation to get the graphic on straight, but completely worth it in the end. The graphic was not only made of quality materials, but looked amazing on the wall. It gave the room a completely different look and Josiah loves it!

Excuse the lack of picture, but my camera decided to die on me. As soon as I get a new one from Santa, I'll post the pictures. We love Olee Kids and will definitely purchase from them in the future. It's a great way to change the look of your home without all the work!

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Purchase the Write Your Name In the Sky Graphic for $54.99. 

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18.12.10

Pillow Pets Animal Pillow and Game Review & Giveaway

Just about every child has asked for a Pillow Pet this holiday season and now, just in time for Christmas, two new Pillow Pet themed games have been released! What a perfect gift to add along-side of a Pillow Pet! Here's a bit about the games...

  • Pillow Pets Dreamland™ Adventure Game

Recommended Age: 3+ • Players: 2 to 4

" Players set sail on an exciting journey through seven continents of the world to reach Pillow Pets Dreamland. Spin a colorful wheel to travel along a vibrant pathway filled with exciting adventures, adorable animals, and, yes, even a few pitfalls. The first player to collect at least four Pillow Pets Animal Cards and reach the enchanted Pillow Pets Dreamland wins the game. This game is designed for ages three and older and for two to four players.
Retail Value: Approx. $20



  • Pillow Pets Dreamland™ Matching Game
Recommended Age: 3+ • Players: 1 to 4

"Pillow Pets fans will enjoy hours of fun as they match the “pillow” to the “pet” in Pillow Pets Dreamland™ Matching Game. Honing memory skills and focus, players compete to collect matches amongst 30 “pets” including Ms. Ladybug, Cozy Cow, Friendly Frog, and Silly Monkey, and their corresponding “pillows”. The player with the most “pillow and pet” matches wins.
Retail Value: Approx. $10

About Pillow Pets
Since 2003, Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals have been bringing smiles to the faces of all ages. The concept for the snuggly companions was the brainchild of a San Diego-based mother of two, who had grown tired of picking up stuffed animals strewn across her children’s rooms. What began with the simple goal of transforming a stuffed animal into a functional item for children has grown into an amazing jungle of popular retail and wholesale products including plush folding stuffed animals, books, games, hats, blankets, slippers and games. For more information, please visit www.LoveMyPillowPets.com.

”Pillow Pets love to play games with children,” said Jennifer Telfer, founder and CEO of Pillow Pets. “Sending Pillow Pets into people’s homes in game form to interact with and learn from is really exciting and, we think, an excellent way to expand our brand.” 

My Thoughts

You have no idea how badly Josiah has wanted a pillow pet for Christmas. Of course, I won a Zoobie, but he could tell the difference and, honestly, so could I. Pillow Pets are incredibly soft and I couldn't wait to try one out.

We received the Ms. Ladybug Pillow Pet to review, which is absolutely adorable, along with the two new Pillow Pets Dreamland games. Josiah was completely overjoyed! I mean, what's better than just getting the Pillow Pet than getting two games along with it? We tried both games and the matching game is his favorite! We've played it several times already and he just wants to play it over and over. I'm amazed at how well he can remember the cards (much better than I can).  The Pillow Pets Dreamland Adventure Game is also fun and fast so, it's great for toddlers, too, with short attention spans. Think Candyland, but with adorable Pillow Pets instead!


Josiah gives 2 thumbs up for Pillow Pets and the 2 Dreamland games! Kids will love all of these wonderful items and would be super excited to receive them for Christmas!

Buy It
Pillow Pets Dreamland™ games are available at http://www.lovemypillowpets.com/.   There is a limited supply for 2010, so if you aren’t able to get one this year, add it to your gift list for 2011.

Win
Pillow Pets is generously giving one reader will get their choice of Pillow Pet (Ladybug, Puppy, or Unicorn) AND both Pillow Pets Dreamland games!!!

How to Enter
Head on over to Pillow Pets and tell me which pet your child would love to receive on Christmas morning!

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16.12.10

EcoMom Daily Deal Announcement!

I jsut recently posted my EcoMom review of the Episencial Bundle with the Better Body Butter & Playful Foaming Wash. Today, the EcoMom deal of the day is for that exact bundle! :) Regularly priced at $16.99, today the Episencial Bundle is only $11.05! That's a great deal!
Don't forget to add my coupon code: SB006373 for an additional 15% off your order! Even better!!!
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Zak! Designs 6-Piece Toy Story Dinnertime Gift Set Review & Giveaway

Josiah loves to eat so, we have many special plates just for him. Some of them have been getting pretty old lately so, I've been on the lookout for new, quality plate sets. Just last month someone sent me a link to Zak! Designs. Their company not only makes eco-friendly products, but are strongly committed to giving back to the community and protecting the environment.
Dr. Sears Flatware Set, Green/Orange, 9 Months
Just reading about them made me love their company and then I looked at all the products! Zak! Designs creates eco-friendly dinnerware and on-the-go products for babies and children featuring popular children's characters. They also sell a variety of other kitchenware, such as prep bowls, place settings, and barware.

Zak! Designs is a unique company with a mission to create products with personality! Spice up your home with bright colors and beautiful designs and, while you are at it, make your children very happy with a Toy Story themed dinnerware set. They are durable and fun for the kids!

My Thoughts

Josiah was sent a 6-piece Toy Story themed Mealtime set by Zak! Designs. The set included:
16" x 10.8" 3-D Placemat
3-Section Tray
9 oz. Fun Float tumbler with sculpted character in water with glitter
14 oz. Fun Sip Tumbler with lid and U shaped straw
Easy Grip Fork
Easy Grip Spoon
Zak Designs Toy Story 6-Piece Mealtime Set
He was so excited to open up the set to see Toy Story, one of his favorite movies. He couldn't wait for me to wash everything so he could finally use it. Luckily Liam is a little too young to care about such things, but in about a year he will be all over this set, too. Good thing they are so durable. Even after a few washes in the dishwasher, the plate still looks brand new. I was very surprised.


Zak Designs Confetti 6pc Assorted Bright 5.5-Inch Individual Bowls
Aren't these awesome?

I really like the spoon and fork! I'd say they would be great for babies learning to use their own silverware. We always used plastic forks and spoons with Josiah, which were fine until he was learning how to use them. The plastic forks don't always pick up food so easily. Even though the top of the fork and spoon in this kit has the easy-grip material, the actual fork and spoon part are metal, making it very easy for hands to grasp and to learn how to use them more easily, too!
Zak Designs Hello Kitty 8-Piece 'FunTime' Set
Not only were there several designs for boys and girls, such as Hello Kitty and Thomas & Friends, but some awesome kitchenware for us adults! I absolutely love the prep bowls, which are made to look like vintage. My mom still has one from the 70s and the Zak! Designs prep bowls look just like hers. I want one so badly!

I am now a huge Zak! fan and can't wait to try out more of their products! Plus, they make perfect holiday gifts.
Buy It
Ready to make your first Zak! Designs purchase? Purchase the Zak Designs Toy Story 6-Piece Mealtime Set on Amazon.com for $20.06!

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Polly Pocket PollyWorld Playset

Polly Pocket toys by Mattel were created in the 90s and they are still very popular today! If you have a little girl in your house, they will absolutely love the Polly Pocket PollyWorld House Playset!  It’s an ideal Christmas present that they can play with for years to come.

Polly Pocket Pollyworld House Playset
The PollyWorld house comes complete with everything Polly Pocket could ever need! Take a look around the world of Polly Pocket to make some unexpected discoveries. The three-story house features hiding places, a closet for all the latest fashions, and, of course, a fish tank that doubles as a flat-screen TV, and an indoor swing! Wow! The house wouldn’t be complete without your own Polly Pocket™ and her three Cutants™ friends.
My Thoughts
Yes, this PollyWorld House is definitely marketed for girls, but my son absolutely loves this house and couldn’t wait to play with it! He has wanted a dollhouse and this was perfect because you can actually see inside and play with all of the features. He loves rearranging the furniture and playing with the  Cutants™. 
The Polly Pocket PollyWorld House is for children ages 4 and up. I definitely agree with this because of all the small parts included. When not in use, we keep them in a bag so they don’t get lost. Josiah is 3 and it’s still a little hard for him to keep up with them and we have to keep them away from Liam, the 16 month old because he’d love to stick them in his mouth!
We are a big fan of the PollyWorld House and know any child who loves dolls and dollhouses will absolutely fall in love with it! This is a can’t miss gift for only $24.99!
This review was written for Mattel. No compensation was given for my opinions. Only the item reviewed was received for the purposes of this review. All opinions are completely and 100% mine.