29.4.11

Bop-It Bounce Review & Giveaway

I remember when Bop-It first came out and we played it non-stop for hours. Now they have a new game, Bop-It Bounce, guaranteed to entertain children and adults alike.

About Bop-It Bounce (Amazon.com review)

You've got to bounce your best to win at this awesome BOP IT Bounce game by Hasbro. This ball bounce game features an electronic voice command to cue you through six different challenging games: Max Bounce tests how fast you can bounce in 30 seconds, Infinite Bounce tests how long you can keep bouncing, Hang Time tests how high you can bounce, Right Height challenges you to match the shots called by the electronic voice, Little-Middle-Big challenges you to bounce at exactly the right height, and Free For All lets you bounce it out freestyle. Build your skills on your own or compete against your friends to find out who's the ultimate "Bounce Master"! 

My Thoughts

My sister-in-law had a baby shower recently so, I thought this would be the perfect time to debut our new game. The kids were so excited as soon as they saw a ball and couldn't wait for me to get it out of the box, put in the batteries (3 AAA) and let them play!

Bop It BounceNow, let me just say, the box says 8+ years of age and I wondered why the age was so high. It is, after all, a bouncing game. As soon as I started hitting the ball and watching it fly across the room instead of straight up in the air, I learned why. This game definitely teaches hand-eye coordination and tests your reaction time, all of which I fail at miserably, apparently. I ran around the room, running into walls and trying to avoid breaking anything only to get a whopping 35 bounces. I was pleased until my husband announced he'd gotten the high score of 600. Needless to say, I wanted to bounce that ball across his head.

The kids under 8 gave the game a go, were just as unsuccessful as me, but we all had a blast running around like crazy. It's definitely a great indoor game, especially with all the recent rain and bad weather. When the adults saw us playing, they all wanted a turn, too. There are many different levels and games to play, just with the push of a button. We haven't tried all of them yet, but we definitely will.

Bop-It has definitely produced a hit with this new game! It will absolutely keep kids and adults occupied and would be great fun for a beach vacation, too. The more people playing, the more fun you will have laughing at each other and trying to beat each other's scores.

Buy It
Ready To Try Bop It Bounce? Buy it today on Amazon.com on sale for only $15.00! That's a great deal for a game that will entertain everyone.

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Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care Review & Giveaway

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Okay, I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but my legs are super-hairy and grow at warp speed. I need a razor that can make my legs soft and smooth for longer than an hour. God forbid I get chill bumps while getting out of the shower.

I'd recently discovered Schick Intuition razors, which I love and just had a chance to review their Schick Intuition Naturals razor. Here's a bit of info about it...


About Schick Intuition Naturals
 
Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care RazorSchick Intuition, the original razor that lathers an moisturizes while you shave, introduces the new Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care, the same Sensitive Care formula in the other razors, but with environmentally friendly packaging. The Sensitive Care razor's buit-in hypo-allergenic shaving solid is enriched with soothing Vitamin E and 100% all-natural Aloe, so it's gentle on your skin and leaves your skin soft and smooth!


The Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care packing eliminates the former plastic packaging and is now made with 55% post-consumer recycled paperboard, 25% post-consumer recycled window, and VOC-free inks. Plus, the packaging is 100% recyclable. 

My Thoughts

I am very picky when it comes to my razors and only use those with 4 blades. I want to reduce the amount of time it takes to shave and I want my legs to be silky smooth when I'm finished. Oh, and did I mention I have very sensitive skin that easily breaks out and gets irritated. Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care has definitely won me over for many reasons.


Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care Refill, 6-CountAs someone who does my part to reduce our family's carbon footprint, finding a razor that understands the importance of eco-friendly packaging is amazing. Plus, I can't stand trying to get into that plastic packaging other razors come encased in. Also, with the Schick Intuition Naturals razor, there is no need for shaving gel or soaps because it automatically allows you to lather and shave in one easy step! Lastly, I love the handle. How many times have you had your razor slip out of your hand in the shower? I have broken 2 razors so far because they slip out of my hands, but this razor has no-slip rubber gripping.


To sum it up, the Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care razor incorporates several important factors for determining which products I purchase. It's eco-friendly, it works, and, by eliminating the need for shaving creams, it saves me money! I absolutely love this razor and the fact that it didn't irritate my skin, cause bumps or bleeding, too. That is a major plus for me.


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The Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care razor is available nationwide for $9.29, which comes with the razor, 2 refill cartridges, a shower hanger and travel cap! Plus, "Like" Schick Intuition on Facebook to print out a $3 coupon! You can get this razor for only $6.29! Wow!

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Create The Trip Of A Lifetime With Microsoft OneNote 2010

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

A few weeks ago, I was selected to review Microsoft OneNote 2010, an amazing computer program combining multiple capabilities to create the ultimate information resource. Here's a little about it...

What is Microsoft OneNote 2010?

It is a digital notebook which provides you a place to gather your notes, pictures, plans, ideas, and other information with many, many added benefits. Besides being able to very quickly find what you are looking for, you can share notebooks with others, which allows you to get feedback on your ideas and work more effectively with others!

Microsoft OneNote offers you something paper-based systems, word processing programs and other productivity programs cannot, offering the ability to manage your pictures, web links and pages, your text, and more all in your digital notebook. Who knew you could do so much, so easily, all with one program? OneNote increases productivity by keeping all pertinent information at your fingertips without having to search across all of your other programs, emails, and files!  

My Experience

To put Microsoft One Note 2010 to the test, I created a TripBook for a 24-hour trip to Amsterdam, NL! It's one of my very favorite places to visit and I wanted to show just how easy it could be to not only organize information for the trip, but to plan out an itinerary with OneNote. I immediately realized how easy it would be to not only organize information, but to make my TripBook look nice and professional just by the click of a few buttons!

The first thing I did was find a little information on Amsterdam. The great thing about OneNote was that it added an option on my toolbar within IE to automatically take information I wanted from a website directly to my TripBook! Can you imagine just  how much time that saves by not having to cut, paste, and edit each little part? You can also add pictures and videos this way! I was able to compile my trip ideas, from hotels and B&Bs to restaurants and museums, very easily so I could review options and decide which I wanted to stick with in the end.

Here's a screen clipping from one of my TripBook pages on accomodations:

Having never worked with Microsoft OneNote, I was worried about my ability to figure it out, but it was very simple. I don't think I am very tech savvy, but I had no issues figuring it out and having fun with all the features. I started out looking at my TripBook as a job, but, by the end, I was adding in all kinds of features, like videos, pictures, and even drawing, just because it was so easy and fun! I could not only link text to other websites, but I could also link text to other pages within my TripBook. That was an awesome feature and made it much easier for me to reference corresponding information!

I loved working with Microsoft OneNote 2010 and highly recommend the program. It's so user-friendly and helped me plan an educational, fun 24-hour trip to Amsterdam in a way no other program could.

Be sure to check out my TripBook for Amsterdam at OneNote TripBook . Let me know what you think!

Have you tried OneNote yet? Have an upcoming trip? You should give it a try, for sure!

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27.4.11

Love Kidorable? Make Your Child A Star!

I just wanted to tell you guys about a new Kidorable video contest. If your children love to ham it up in front of the video camera and/or love Kidorable then this contest is for you!

It’s easy—send us your short video starring a child you love sporting Kidorable, and you could win the entire collection in his or her favorite style! Have a look here and choose your favorite.  Just post the video to www.facebook.com/kidorable.  Whoever gets the most votes wins! We will receive entries from Monday, May 2nd until Sunday, May 15.  Then voting will continue through May 23 at 2pm when we’ll announce the winner.

Let me know if you enter and I'll be sure to vote for you! :)

26.4.11

Born Free Eco-Friendly Bottles Review & Giveaway (US and Canada)

In 2007, Josiah was born and little was ever mentioned about BPA, but only a year later we heard more and more about the dangers associated with BPA. Now, many baby products, especially bottles are BPA-free and we definitely wanted safer options for Liam.We did our research and decided upon Born Free products.

For those of you who haven't heard of Born Free, here's a bit about their products:

BornFree Venting Systems - 2 pack,(BornFree)
The Venting System
Born Free is the leading BPA-Free baby brand, which combines eco-friendly, safe products with innovation. Three concerned fathers came together to create Born Free in 2006 due to all of the remaining products containing BPA. The unique venting system contained in Born Free bottles and cups was designed to decrease symptoms of colic and middle-ear infections!

Their product line is constantly expanding and now includes Eco-Friendly Recyclable Plastic Bottles! Once your baby is off the bottle and moved on, you can send them, free of charge, back to Born Free to be recycled into other products!


My Thoughts

We are such Born Free fans, I couldn't wait to actually do this review. Most of our bottles are glass, though they are also available in plastic. I was a little worried about going glass, but none of them have ever broken or even cracked! Since Liam was breastfed in the beginning, we wanted a bottle that would mimic Mama and the Born Free nipples are perfect, too.
Born Free 3 Pack BPA Free 9 oz Plastic Bottles BornFree
The Glass Bottles
We have also purchased Born Free training cups for Josiah. That's when we learned that the training cup collars fit on the bottles and vice versa, which is wonderful and meant we could use them for both a bottle and cup. Wish I'd known that earlier because they do last forever! Plus, both of my boys have had awful ear infection issues and I really do believe the venting system works very well.

I received a Twin Pack of the 5oz. Eco-Friendly Bottles with size 2 nipples. I think the idea of being able to ship them back free of charge for recycling is wonderful. Hopefully it will inspire more people to take that extra step to send them back.

All of the Born Free bottles have been wonderful and, since Liam is still a little behind developmentally and taking a bottle, we are still using them!Some of cups are even older than Liam and still look new. I just love my Born Free, as you can tell, and I highly recommend them for all parents and parents-to-be!

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 One Lucky CTM Reader Will win a Twin Pack of 5oz. Eco-Friendly Born Free Bottles & A Pack of Nipples (Your Choice of Size)! A $26 Value!
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25.4.11

Need Your Help With A Contest For My Mom!

Mint Cleaner is having a Mother's Day contest on Facebook right now. Write a blurb about your Mom and why she should win a Mint Cleaner. Then get your friends to vote for your blurb! I just wrote about my Mom and need YOUR HELP! :) Please click HERE and "Like" the blurb written by Roxanne DeBord! I'd really appreciate any help. She raises both my niece and nephew so, you can imagine the amount of help she needs around the house. A Mint cleaner would be perfect for her.
While you are there, write about your mom and get your friends to vote, too! Let me know and I'll vote for your post, too. Thanks for any help!

Rue La La $20 Sign Up Credit Still On! Hurry! Get Free Items Today

Last week I wrote about the awesome Rue La La sign-up deal going on and wanted to let you know it's still going on as of now. When you sign-up for your account, you will get $20 credited to your account within 48 hours.
What can you purchase for FREE right now? Delicious Tea Forte' Tea Gift Sets! They are perfect as gifts or, if you love tea, you will really enjoy these creative delights. I ordered some from CSNStores.com a while back and they are really cool. The sets start at only $15.90 so, you can get them for the bargain price of $5.85 (the shipping fees after credit is deducted!). That's an awesome deal.
If you don't see something you like, don't fear! Save your credit and check back each day for newly revealed deals.
Ready to sign up? Click HERE and start saving today! They seem to do the $20 credit about twice a year and it's a great time to sign up. When I signed up, I put my credit towards a Vera Bradley bag and only ended up paying $15! I was so excited!

Have a Blog? Make Some Money Writing Posts! SocialSpark Update #1

Set Your Price. Choose your Advertisers. Sign up for SocialSpark!
About a month or two ago, I wrote about a website I'd found called SocialSpark, which allows bloggers to write paid posts. I wasn't sure if it would pay out or how many write-ups I'd receive and promised to follow up with  more results so, here I am. Since March, I've been chosen to write 5 posts and have made no less than $15 a post and as much as $100. Yes, $100 for one post! I couldn't believe it.

Do you have a blog? Is it well-established? The last time I wrote, about 4 people signed up. However, the ones with less followers and who had not been around for a little while were not accepted. If you have a blog with a good amount of followers (I'd say at least 500), you should sign up! It's worth a try and some of the post opportunities are really fun. I did one for Microsoft and another for Pier 1. Plus, if you get an opportunity, but don't like it, you don't have to accept. It's totally up to you. So, give it a try if you haven't!

Click HERE to sign up today and start making some money from your blog!

10 Ways To Reuse Your Plastic Easter Eggs!

 I was just looking around facebook and found a link to an awesome post by TrashN2Tees about ways to reuse your plastic easter eggs! It made me think about other ways to make those once-yearly items useable year-round. Here are some great ideas!

10 Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Easter Eggs

  1. Use The Plastic Eggs for Art Projects! It's time to put that creativity to good use. Make all sorts of animals using plastic eggs. What else can you make?
  2. Use the eggs for a dinosaur excavation site with the kids. Can they find the hidden dinosaurs around the house, in the dirt, or in the sandbox? Fill the eggs with dinosaurs or other goodies!
  3. Birthday party games- Hide the eggs in sandbox or even have an Easter egg hunt again! Kids don't care what time of year it is! An Easter egg hunt is always welcomed, especially when the eggs are filled with goodies. The upside? Other kids take the plastic eggs home. LOL!
  4. Make them into air fresheners for smelly places. Poke a few holes in the top of the egg. Place pieces of old potpourri, artificial flowers, etc. inside the egg. Put a few drops of essential oils (lavender, tea tree oil or other oils with antimicrobial properties would be great) on the inside items, close egg and place in smelly area! I think a laundry basket would be perfect for this or in the trashcan. If you want to go all out, make air fresheners with gelatin.
  5. Store small items inside of them! I love the idea TrashN2Tees had to place jewelry inside when traveling to keep from getting tangled. 
  6. Travel-size ideas: make a small on-the-go sewing kit or even make your own lip gloss!
  7. Donate the eggs to a church or another organization that can make use of the eggs. Some organizations use them each year for huge Easter egg hunts while others can use them for arts & crafts with kids! 
  8. Fill the eggs with beans to make shakers for the kids! Be sure to glue the sides of the eggs together for this project because the beans can spill out all over the place and make a huuuge mess. Believe me. My friend Wanda uses her plastic bottles to make shakers for her granddaughter. 
  9. Make them into coin carriers for your purse! I don't know how many times I've had to dig through my purse just to find a nickle or some pennies. This way you know exactly where your change is!
  10. Surprise snack for little ones. Do you pack your children's lunchboxes? Surprise them with a special treat or snack using the plastic eggs! The kids will be delighted.

21.4.11

Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels Review & Giveaway

When I was a little girl, my sister would take me to the mall and always bought us a soft pretzel and cheese to eat as a snack. I still love them to this day and so do the kids. When I was approached about this review, I really couldn't wait to receive the samples and, boy, was it worth the wait!

About Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels

Kim & Scott met at a book signing and together they decided to create a soft pretzel business, but not just any pretzel business. By taking the classic pretzel and adding a variety of different flavors and all-natural ingredients, they seek to nurture the world with their deliciously twisted and inspired pretzels! Twisted to perfection by hand, baked from scratch, and free of preservatives and trans fats, Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels are the perfect snack for all ages.
Besides their love of creating pretzels, Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels want to make the world a better place and are very committed to environmental and social responsibility, guaranteeing to use only eco-friendly practices as a business! As if that's not amazing enough, they also give back to the community by donating a certain percentage of sales to schools.

My Thoughts

I was so excited to receive my box full of Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels. They were packed nicely in an insulated cooler with cool packs to keep them cold during delivery, which I loved.  I received a variety of the stuffed pretzels, including:
  • Apple Cinnamon                             
  • Cheddar Jalepeno
  • Chocolate Crumb
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Pizza 
  • Spinach Feta
Josiah immediately wanted a Pizza Pretzel, stuffed with cheese, tomato sauce, and topped with cheese and Italian spices! The pretzel was definitely a hit so, I had to try one, too. The box was gone within 24 hours. Next we went for the Grilled Cheese Pretzels and those were fabulous, too. Every single pretzel I tried was delicious, though I never even got a Chocolate Crumb pretzel because Josiah ate them all before I had a chance.

Although I love pretzels, I don't buy them very often because of the ingredients, which are usually not so good. What I love about Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels besides their commitment to the environment and their community, is that they only use all-natural ingredients and even have a line of gluten-free pretzels. Now we have a great snack option that's also delicious. Josiah keeps asking for more and, as I just found on their website, the pretzels are sold online and at many locations around the US, including Kroger, Target, and Earth Fare!

Buy It
Find a location near you that sells Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels or purchase them online! You'll love them, I promise!

Win It
One Lucky Reader Will Win FOUR BOXES of Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels They'd Like To Try!  (US only)
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19.4.11

Giveaways & The Summer Block Party Announcement

Hi, everyone! I wanted to appologize for the lack of giveaways listed lately. I've been saving them up for a huge event beginning on May 24th! It's the Summer Block Party. I'm participating with 14 other blogs and it will go all the way until the first day of summer, June 21st! Even better? There will be a giveaway listed EVERY DAY! Woo! You'll see a huge amount of baby, children, and even Mama items reviewed and up for grabs. I promise it will all be worth the wait...

But don't worry! I'm still posting up a few giveaways by the end of the week. We've been busy with family and visiting relatives this week for Spring Break so, I'm just a wee bit behind. I'll write an official post about the Summer Block Party as soon as I find out more about definite sponsors and all that good stuff. Stay tuned!

Join The Textbook Rebellion & Make College Much More Affordable

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flat World Knowledge for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a college graduate, I know firsthand just how tough it can be to pay for school fees, an apartment and other costs along the way. While I was lucky enough to have a scholarship for classes, books were an entirely different story! I had two jobs to pay for my textbooks each year and to pay for other bills. Most of my upper level course books were no less than $60, but some were close to $200! Sometimes I actually couldn't even afford the book and just had to rely on my notes.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who has/had a problem paying for books. Students spent an average of $1137 in 2010-2011 on textbooks and supplies, according to The College Board. This means textbooks are costing students almost as much as their tuition AND, even more scarily, the textbook prices continue to rise at 4x the rate of inflation! Sadly, 60% of students who dropped out admitted textbooks and other fees besides tuition directly effected their ability to graduate and 58% of those who actually did graduate also had issues with textbook prices and other fees. 

What Can We Do To Fight These Costs And Be Successful In School? 

Flat World Knowledge has the answer to this question. They use technology as a means to reduce cost barriers and increase the ability for students to access the textbooks they need to succeed. Pairing open licensing and textbook personalization with a completely new and radical pricing model, this amazing online resource makes textbooks available free of cost. Yes, I said free. This formula has the ability to completely distrupt the $8.5 U.S. textbook market and begin a Textbook Rebellion! For the very first time, books are made affordable for the average student.

Flat World is definitely catching on and, since Spring 2009, their books have been adopted by 1600+ professors at 900+ schools in over 44 countries. That's over 115,000 students! Faculty has the ability to change the textbook from just a book to a platform where students can readily consume content that fits their learning style.  Having raise over $27 million over the past 2 years, Flat World is well on its way to creating a sustainable model which builds open content. The possibilities are endless, as early pilot studies by colleges using Flat World open textbooks have demonstrated as much as a 15% increase in course completion rates, which is quite a significant increase compared to other institutions using only traditional books.

Flat World Knowledge is an amazing approach to college text books, helping students not only afford a proper education, but to succeed in ways a simple text book could not provide. I wish this had been available when I was in school! Are you in school? Know someone who is? It's time to Spread the word about Flat World. With today's economy, Flat World could seriously increase their chances of completing their studies and graduating.

Let me think about this- $35 for a Introduction to Chemistry book (which you will probably need during your first year of college) or FREE? That's really a no brainer! Visit their site and request more info

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18.4.11

Bunny Money Winner from "Deal"irious Diva

We have picked and verified our winner of the Easter Bunny Money Event! 

Our Winner is: Kristine Italiano

Congrats!!!

Kristine, you have 48 hours to reply to the email.  Money will be sent via PayPal, after you reply.

Eversave Kidorable Deal $20 for $50 Gift Card

I had to post this deal since I am writing up a review and giveaway for Kidorable right now. :)


Today's newest Eversave deal is definitely worth a look! It's a $50 Kidorable credit for only $25. So, here's how you take it down to $19! If you are creating a new account or have just recently opened your account, you'll have a $2 credit automatically! Plus, use this coupon code: TAXDAY for another $3 off! So, you'll really pay only $20 for $50 worth of completely adorable Kids apparel! I love their rain boots and rain jackets. They are sooo cute! Click HERE to sign up!

15.4.11

Great Kellogg's Deals : Coupons & FREE Reusable Bag

Kellogg's Coupons and Savings
Hi, everyone! If you are like me, you take your weekly shopping run on the weekend. So, now's the time to gather up coupons and get ready. Kellogg's has a great offer going on right now- you just sign up for their newsletter to receive over $12 in coupons AND more special offers.The coupons include Kellogg's cereals, Special  K bars, and pie crusts. It also says you will receive more special offers in the near future. Yay!
AFTER you purchase 2 boxes of Kellogg's cereal, go HERE to print out your PDF for your adorable FREE Kellogg's cereal reusable bags as part of their Earth Day promotion!  I love them! You can choose from Toucan Sam, Tony Tiger, or Dig em'!


Have an awesome weekend! 
Thanks Being A Dandelion Blog for the free bag idea! 

Personal Creations Review & Coupon Code




Now that I have children, I get so excited when any holiday comes around. It's so hard not to completely spoil them each time. When I came across Personal Creations, I fell in love immediately with their wonderful selection of personalized items, especially the Easter themed products. Need a personalized Easter basket? They offer them empty or filled with all kinds of goodies for your little ones! Personal Creations also has a variety of decorations to fill your home for any occasion, including personalized canvas prints that are adorable!
For over 10 years now, Personal Creations has been providing quality gifts and keepsakes to help create lasting memories. Clothing, bags, candy jars, slippers, toy boxes, and much more all at low prices make Personal Creations the go-to store for personalized items!

My Thoughts

As soon as I looked around Personal Creations, I fell in love with everything. It was so difficult to decide what to order because I could imagine half of the items in my home or as something the kids would love! I decided on an Easter basket for Liam and a piece of personalized clothing for each of the boys, which was received only a few days after my order. I couldn't believe how fast it was shipped out!

The Easter basket has a blue and white polka dot liner with Liam's name stitched into it and is completely full of Easter bunny goodies like chocolates and even a stuffed bunny. It's so cute! Josiah had a fit over it and still says it's his. I also had to have the cute Infant Easter Long Johns. His name is printed on the back flap on his heiny along with the Easter bunny with his cute little ears perked up. I love this outfit, which would be cute for sleeping and going out, too. Both the basket and long johns are available in different colors and the long johns also come with a baby chick or lamb printed. All of them are adorable.

For Josiah, I let him pick out an Easter shirt. He picked an adorable Elmo shirt with his name on it. He was so excited and so was I because it was actually true to size. Many shirts I've ordered are smaller than they are supposed to be and he grows out of them much too quickly. This shirt is a little big, which is what I wanted because it will fit him next year, too! I ordered his shirt in blue, but it also comes in pink and white. He'll be wearing it this weekend to visit the Easter bunny.
I've already picked out more items I want to purchase from Personal Creations because I was so impressed with their prices, selection, and customer service. It's really been a while since I've found such reasonable prices for personalized items. The basket was on sale for $18.99, the Elmo shirt was only $12.99, and the long johns are $21.99! That means I can order even more, right? Just don't tell my husband. Take a look when you have a minute and you'll see exactly what I mean.

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Make your first purchase today! Children Teaching Mama readers will receive 10% off their purchase with code: 10OFFPC Click HERE to start shopping!

13.4.11

Coca-Cola, Cookouts, and Fun In The Stream

Growing up in Georgia, the summers are long, hot, and humid. I spent my summers traveling around to visit relatives with my Grandma, who refused to take interstates and only used backroads. My very favorite place to go was to my aunt and uncle's house in Dallas, GA. They lived on about 100 acres, surrounded by a river, mountains, trails, and all types of wild berries. Riding our 4-wheelers through the mountains, we felt like we were all along, on a deserted island and, most definitely, in our own little world.

The visits were wonderful, but there was something that made our trip worthwhile, something even more special than all the other days: our farewell dinner each year. After living in paradise for two weeks, we'd have the most amazing dinner ever. Well, not a 4-star or gourmet dinner by any standards, but a meal any child (or tomboy like me) would look forward to each year. We'd grill out in the streams that surrounded the sides of the house. Yes, in the streams, on sandbars, sat the grill, smoking away while we sat in our fold-out chairs in the shade, splashing our feet in the water. Watermelon would be placed under the water to keep it nice and chilled, BBQ chicken on the grill, homemade potato salad, baked beans (the real kind that are actually grilled), and the must-have by any red-blooded Georgian, Coca-Cola. Coke, yummy! To this day my mouth waters when I think about it. No cookout existed without the final touch. What made Coca-Cola so special? To this very day, there is something about the first taste of coke when poured into a glass over ice or the first sip out of the bottle/can. It's the most refreshing sip of all, especially after a long, hot day of playing in the sun, riding 4-wheelers, and picking blackberries. I'm not sure why, but I always associate Coca-Cola with watermelon and always have a cup when eating watermelon today.

When I think back to my childhood, I warmly remember those southern nights, walking through the cool river, in the shade of the trees. It's an amazing part of my life that nothing can even hold a candle to and Coca-Cola is a part of those memories. In 31 years of life, I cannot remember one time that we went without Coke in our home. It was on every grocery list and stockpiled in our storage room. It's something I associate with my wonderful Grandma, rest her soul, and all the wonderful times we spent together, traveling around the state.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Coca-Cola® blogging program. If I am one of the first 100 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 gift card. For more information on the program, click here.

12.4.11

Add Beautiful Lounge Chairs To Your Home

We are moving into a new home in a few months and I told my husband it's time to get rid of our well-used furniture. It's been through so much with our two children and I'd like to actually get something not only functional, but pretty and decorative. Who wouldn't?

First, I want to add indoor lounge chairs to our living area. I'd love to have something I can relax in and that adds something to the room, for sure. Finding a quality indoor lounge chair is not as easy as it seems so, when you find the perfect chairs, you will definitely know!

Secondly, our outdoor furniture is close to 5 years old now! Time goes by so quickly. It's time to add new lounge chairs to our patio, especially since we spend so much time outside in the spring and summer months. No cheap plastic chairs for us! I want something that I can sit in and be comfortable, but also something I can lay in to get some sun. When I saw this chair, I knew it was the one for me!

11.4.11

Apothica Oscar Blandi Review & $50 Gift Card Giveaway

About Apothica (from website)

Apothica.com is an online beauty boutique, which carries the finest selection of skin care, body care, aromatherapy, and cosmetic products on the market today, including the most natural, organic products available. We are dedicated to providing you with high quality products formulated to promote and enhance your natural beauty.

Oscar Blandi Products
Apothica sells a variety of beauty products, including Oscar Blandi hair care products. Many celebrities and top models swear by Oscar Blandi products and there's a reason why. The products are for those who lead busy, on-the-go lives, but still want to look beautiful day after day. I know many of us parents can definitely relate to this, for sure!

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo not only keeps hair looking fresh, but actually cleans hair, adds volume, and even strengthens hair! Don't have time to wash your hair before going out? Use Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, which comes in powder and aerosol, to boost your hair and look as beautiful without having to wash and restyle hair.

The Oscar Blandi Jasmine Collection includes products that protect hair, smooth unwanted frizz, and leave hair shiny and healthy. The Oscar Blandi Jasmine Shampoo and Oscar Blondi Conditioner controls any unruley hair, leaving frizz in the past and beautiful hair in it's place. On the other hand, if you hair fine hair, use Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and matching conditioner to create a full, volumized look.

My Review

This next product is one of my favorites! As someone who dyes my blonde hair a dark brown color, I'm constantly having to dye my hair to cover up the bright, blinding roots and strands of grey (eck!). In between my coloring appointments I pull my hair back, wear hats, and try to cover my awful roots as much as possible, but with the Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Pens, my roots can be covered immediately! Just use like a marker over your roots and conceal those roots within a minute or two. It's really amazing and looks natural. It washes out with shampoo, too. I love this product and couldn't wait to try it after seeing it on tv. It is super-easy to use, works well, and, at only $22.80, it's affordable.



Buy It
Apothica.com has a great variety of Oscar Blandi products at great prices starting around $17! 

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Here's your chance to win a $50 Gift Credit from Apothica!

How To Enter
Take a Look Around Apothica  & Comment Below About Which Product(s) You Would Like to Purchase If You Win!

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10.4.11

A Mother's Day To Remember

Before I had children, I knew I wanted to be a Mama, but never could imagine what life would be like. Of course, I had celebrated Mother's Day before, but for my own Mom, not for me! What would be in store?

For my 1st mother's day, we all went out for a picnic. Josiah was not quite a year old at that point and enjoyed sitting in his Bumbo watching everything around him. Last year I received the best gift yet.  We all went out to eat, as usual, and enjoyed a day outside, at the park, and in our garden. Josiah has become quite the little artiste'! He draws, paints, stamps, and marks on just about anything piece of paper he can get his hands on. So, last year for Mother's Day, I received my very first special handmade card just from Josiah. It was such a wonderful gift because it's just from him and I can keep it forever and ever. I hope we continue this will become a tradition over the years because I really can't think of a better present!

Sometimes I know we don't always have time for handmade cards, I know. That's when Tiny Prints is helpful because they offer all kinds of Mother's Day greeting cards for any sorts of moms- mom friends, moms, mother-inlaws, etc. What ever kind of card you are looking for, no doubt they will have it!

About Tiny Prints 

Tiny Prints provides simple, modern and unique stationery from Fathers Day Cards to personalized greeting cards to thank you cardsbusiness cards, and even custom wedding invitations or photo birth announcements. Offering exclusive designs from the nation’s top designers, easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality, their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities. With Tiny Prints by your side commemorating every holiday and momentous occasion is a cinch! They offer perfect party invitations for every occasion and memorable personalized photo-gifts like notebooksphoto books and calendars to commemorate the event.

Easter Bunny Money Facebook Hop - &100 Paypal Prize


Hippity- Hop! The Easter Bunny is on his way...wouldn't it be nice if he brought a little Cash with him? Absolutely!

For Easter a great group of bloggers and I want to offer you this great giveaway!

WIN $100 Cash Via Paypal!!!


How To Enter: You Must "Like" all 9 of the Facebook Groups Listed Below. Then,  fill out this form  ONCE with your facebook name!


Fill out the form here! 
**There are forms on each of the blogs, but it's the same form. You only need to fill it out ONCE with your facebook name when you've followed all 9 of the facebook pages!**
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 If you want to increase your chance of winning this $100 giveaway, then hop over to the other blogs below and enter at each one! You've already "liked" all 9 facebook pages, so just fill out their forms too! One entry form filled out per blog equals 9 total entries possible across all blogs.

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Giveaway ends on April 17th at 8 :00pm EST. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If winner does not claim their prize in the 48 hour period, a new winner will be chosen at random. We will announce the winner once they have been confirmed. This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.

9.4.11

Perdue Video Contest & &25 In Perdue Chicken Coupons Giveaway

As the person who does most, if not all, of the shopping for our household, I am control of the brands and items chosen each week. (Insert maniacal laughter here!) Of course, I want the best for my family, especially when purchasing meats. That's why we eat Perdue chicken. The chickens are each checked by veterinarians to make sure they are healthy and many of their products are gluten-free.

 In addition, Perdue became the very first poultry company to receive the USDA Process Verified Seal, which completely ensures the chickens are fed an all-vegetarian diet and are raised in a cage-free environment. To help celebration, Perdue held a contest called Perdue Verifiably Good Video Contest where fans made their own video with their best tips, tricks, and techniques for preparing or serving their favorite chicken recipe! Without a doubt, videos came in from around the country looking to win the $4,000,$1,000, or year's worth of free chicken Prizes! Wow!

The video contest is now over, but now it is time for all of us to VOTE! 10 finalists have been selected and you can personally view their videos and vote for your favorites!

How to Vote
You can vote once per day, so be sure to help your favorite video be named Verifiably Good! It's very simple!
  • Log in or create an account at http://perdue.shycast.com/
  • Go to the View Entries page
  • Click the video thumbnails to watch each video
  • Click the "Vote for this video" button for your favorite!
You and our judges are rating each video on the following critieria:

  • Preparation or Cooking Process
  • Creativity
  • Personality
Voting closes in April 18th at noon Eastern Time- so spread the word!
* Limit one vote per day and 5 votes per IP address!


Perdue is also giving Children Teaching Mama readers a chance to win big, too! Yay!

Win It
One CTM Reader Will Win Five $5 Perdue Chicken Coupons! (*wait for a sale at your local grocer and this could mean 5 completely free meals for your family!*)

How To Enter
  • Comment Below About Your Family's Favorite Chicken Dish!
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Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends April 19th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be drawn via random.org. An announcement will be made on the blog and the winner will also be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

8.4.11

Mascot Books Review & Children's Book Giveaway (5 Winners!)


About a month ago, I was looking around online and found a website called Mascot Books, a website dedicated to helping others self-publish their children's book ideas! The idea for Mascot Books first began in 2003, when Naren, the co-founder, and his family attended a Virginia Tech game. Their daughter absolutely loved the HokieBird so, on the way home, they came up with ideas for the book and decided to publish it!

As you can imagine, when writing a book, their are many obstacles! Besides licensing, you must know about advertising, sales, and much more. Narin and his wife, Aimee, learned the ins and outs to book publishing, producing 44 titles in just one year! Mascot books then extended their business to include the Mascot Books Author's Program, helping others make their children's book ideas and rough drafts become a reality. In addition, they offer a school fundraising program, a unique way to raise money for your school, group, or club!

Do you have a children's book idea? My husband has always wanted to write a children's book and has scribbled ideas in his notebook, but never thought it could happen. Where do you even begin? Plus, we definitely can't draw! It just seemed an unrealistic idea until I found Mascot Books. Each member of the team is knowledgeable and ready to help put your book together just the way you want it. From designers and illustrators, to sales and advertisement, Mascot Books has you covered. With their contacts and team, you will be ahead of the game from the very beginning!

Interested in Publishing A Children's Book? 
Mention Children Teaching Mama as your referral and receive $300 off your order! That is an amazing deal. If interested, just contact Mascot Books for more information.

Buy A Book!
Visit the Mascot Marketplace to view a variety of Mascot Books published children's books! We Georgians love the UGA books (the kids love Hairy Dog!).

Win It
In honor of the beginning of the MLB season, 5 Winners Will Receive Their Choice of One MLB Children's Books published by Mascot Books! (Ehem.. Go Braves!)

**Remember to include your email address if it is NOT visible in your profile so I will know how to contact you! The initial entry is mandatory! Be sure to answer that question before earning extra entries listed below! Each bullet is worth one extra entry unless specified. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry you earn and include your email address is at least one entry.
How To Enter
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Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends April 29th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be drawn by random.org. An announcement will be made on the blog and the winner will also be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.