31.5.11

Summer Block Party #9: Mega Bloks: Thomas & Friends Sodor Search and Rescue Review & Giveaway (US & CA)


There are two things Josiah is currently obsessed with: Mega Bloks and Thomas the Train. When I saw the Mega Bloks Thomas & Friends Sodor Search and Rescue I couldn't wait for him to receive it. I knew he'd be super excited!

Here's a little about it:

Mega Bloks Thomas Sodor Search and RescueEnter the world of Thomas and Friends with this great buildable playset from Mega Bloks! Build the Sodor Search and Rescue playset in any way you wish, building to new heights and winding lows as buildable Thomas and Harold characters patrol the area. Use the hardworking crane to load and unload new cargo, land Harold on the Helipad to give him a break between patrols and turn trains on the track switcher to get them going towards new adventures!

Ideal for children ages 3 and up!


Features:
  • Build and rebuild Sodor Search and Rescue the way you see it!
  • Literally take your builds and rebuilds high up into the Island of Sodor for a truly dynamic adventure!
  • Includes Thomas and Harold buildable characters
  • Included container doubles as a building platform for dynamic building possibilities and ensures pieces remain safe and secure when stored away
  • Includes different accessories like opening doors, track switcher and working crane - have a different Sodor Search and Rescue Adventure every time!
My Thoughts

Like I said, I knew Josiah would love this toy, but what I didn't count on was just how cool it really was! We have several different buildable Mega Bloks sets, including Smurfs, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Ni Hao Ka i-Lan, which were all hits in our house, but the Thomas & Friends Sodor Search and Rescue is, by far, the very best set we have!
The main problem I have with blocks is a good way to store them, but this one actually comes inside a plastic container. Even better, the container doubles as part of the track! Josiah has gotten a kick out of the set because the possibilities for creating the tracks are endless. Every day he has played with this Mega Bloks set and every day he's displayed everything in a different way.

Mega Bloks are the perfect size for smaller hands. We began with the biggest Mega Bloks when Josiah was a year old and have moved up over the years. The Smurf set pieces are a little too small for him, but the Thomas & Friends set is perfect. Nothing entertains him like the imaginary play Mega Bloks creates. Plus, it increases his hand-eye coordination! I really can't say enough about them! Any child that loves Thomas will have a blast with this set!

Buy It
 You can purchase Mega Bloks Thomas Sodor Search and Rescue at Amazon.com for only $29.99! It's a bargain for how much use it will really get!

Win It
We are grateful to Mega Bloks for Offering One Lucky Winner Their Very Own Mega Bloks Thomas Sodor Search and Rescue! Yay!

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 Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends June 15th 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.

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Verizon FiOS- Paving The Way In Technology

As a Mom on the go, I rarely have time to watch tv during the day and NEVER get to watch shows at night that I would love to see.The only time I can actually sit still and enjoy tv is after the kids are asleep. I used to rent movies to watch at this time, but now there is something even better- Verizon FiOS.

 What is the Verizon FiOS? In short, TV, Internet, and Telephone services. It is MANY things with many options, which is why it's so great. My very favorite feature is the FiOS Internet with the Flex View option. With an amazingly fast internet speed, you can stream videos on your desktop, laptop AND Mobile devices. You can use the service anywhere at any time! With over 24,000 titles already available, you'll always be able to find something interesting to watch. I'll be using it mostly for myself, but it will definitely come in handy on vacations, rainy days, and other times I need to entertain the kids in a hurry.

I value the time I have to myself and there is nothing I hate more than dealing with a slow internet connection that makes me work to watch a movie or show. Verizon FiOS is fast and dependable. I've never heard anything negative said about their services, which is more than I can say for most others! I've tried a few other services myself and they have their good points, but are sometimes very slow.

The other service I really like is the Verizon FiOS TV and HDTV. Okay, I've had regular cable for many years and, believe me, once you switch to HDTV, you will NEVER want to go back. It's amazingly clear to the point where you can notice things you never would have before. That little dot turns into a clearly visible golf ball. The Verizon fiber optics enhance the tv experience. The coolest thing for those of us who love social media sites? You can post updates and such on Facebook and Twitter!

It's amazing how truly advanced technology has become! I'm ready to move up in the world of technology and Verizon is definitely paving the way for those of us who are not as technologically advanced and apt. Verizon FiOS TV and Internet are both easy to use, too. There's really nothing more that I could ask for in a service like this! Now, it's time for me to get back to my movie. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 See If You Have Verizon FiOS In Your Neighborhood!!




I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Verizon FiOS blogging program for a gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

FREE Father's Day Customized T-Shirt

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I'm about to order this t-shirt for my husband! I saw this idea on another blog and had to pass it on! Right now Vistaprint has a design your own t-shirt special where you get one FREE t-shirt! All you pay is the $4.41 in shipping charges! That's a great deal!Just CLICK HERE to make your own customized Father's Day T-Shirt!
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Tiny Prints Father's Day Cards Only $.99 Wow!

 
I've worked with Tiny Prints on several posts in the past and love their service. The cards are the best I've ordered and they are super-quick about sending them out. This is NOT a paid post, but I wanted to let you know about an awesome deal they have going on for Father's Day!

Right now you can get Father's Day Cards for only $.99 with code: GC99 . Just click HERE to make your own custom Father's Day card. This deal is for a limited time only and will end on 6/6, so order today. Plus, you can even get it sent to your Dad to save time and worry!

30.5.11

Summer Block Party %8: CertainDri Anti-Perspirant Solid Review & Giveaway

Since having children I've become very hot natured and unfortunately sweat like crazy all the time. The closer to summer we get, the hotter, more humid Georgia gets. Ugh! Of course, this means I get sweatier and smellier. Eck! It's embarrassing, to say the least, and I've tried many deodorants and anti-perspirants before, but none work to reduce the sweat like CertainDri.

About CertainDri (from website)

While you may feel that excessive underarm perspiration is your problem, alone, there are millions of people --women and men, of all ages and races -- who suffer from this condition, known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Perhaps the embarrassment causes you to worry about body odor, avoid certain social situations, to alter your clothing selections or to avoid settings that you know will cause excessive perspiration.

Now, with Certain Dri® Anti-Perspirant with New! 72 Hour Protection from excessive underarm sweating, also available in new solid application and new Certain Dri A.M.™ Underarm RefresherThe Certain Dri® Protection System™– you can raise your arms again...with confidence. Make certain you're dry... with Certain Dri®. 

 My Thoughts


I was so excited to give CertainDri a try after noticing sweat stains on one of my favorite shirts. I was so upset and knew it was time to do something. You apply CertainDri at bedtime and, if you shower in the morning, it will not wash off! It will actually last 72 entire hours! Another great thing about CertainDri is that you don't have to apply much so it lasts a long time. The major different between CertainDri and other anti-perspirants is that it actually works to shrink sweat glands and keep you dry all day.


I applied CertainDri before going to sleep and thought the powder scent smelled pretty good. I couldn't bring myself to go without deodorant the next day just because I am paranoid, but I just noticed CertainDri has a new product, CertainDri A.M. Underarm Refresher you can apply in the morning. I am definitely getting that! I noticed a slight difference after one night, but, by the end of the week and being outside often, I could really tell how well it works. I am completely amazed at this product and don't know what I'd do with it on these hot days. It works better than any other anti-perspirant I've tried and I highly recommend CertainDri for those who wish they could reduce their underarm sweating.

Win It
One Lucky Children Teaching Mama Reader Will Win A 1.7 oz Stick of CertainDri Stick Anti-Perspirant

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 Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends June 15th 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.

Summer Block Party %7: Shari's Berries Father's Day Review & &50 Giveaway

My husband is not the easiest person to buy for and never gives me any hints as to what he'd like for birthday's and holidays. This year, it's time to take matters into my own hands and purchase something I know he will like... and so will the rest of us, for that matter! Shari's Berries offers a variety of great gifts for just about anyone, including their famous chocolate covered strawberries!

3 Father's Day Brownie Pops & 6 Sports Berries
In addition to strawberries, Shari's Berries also sells delicious cupcakes, cakes, caramel apples, and more! With an entire section dedicated to gifts "For Him", you are sure to find that perfect gift for your father or husband. You can make this a Father's Day to remember with their delicious treats that come neatly packed and ready to eat as soon as they arrive!

My Thoughts

We received a Dozen Chocolate Strawberries from Shari's Berries to review and, let me just say, they didn't last longer than 2 days. Between the four of us. the strawberries really didn't stand a chance. Deliciously topped with a nice thick layer of chocolate, the strawberries seemed to melt in our mouths. I was happily surprised to receive them well-packed and still cool at my doorstep, too!

Berries for Him - Full Dozen
I can honestly say my husband's eyes about popped out of his head when I showed him his gift. He was so excited to finally try Shari's Berries after hearing his co-workers talk about them. I've read other reviews that mention how big the strawberries are, but I had no idea! The biggest strawberries in our patch are about half the size of the strawberries we received.

I'm so happy with Shari's Berries and can't wait to try something from them in the future. I've been eying up those cupcakes for a while now, which were featured on MSNBC! The caramel apples are also high on my list of must-try items. Believe me, you will love Shari's Berries!

Buy It
Purchase a Dozen Chocolate Strawberries for $29.98 or Full Half Dozen Berries For Him On Sale Now for $19.99! Those are great deals!

Win It
One Lucky Children Teaching Mama Reader Will Win A $50 Gift Card To Shari's Berries

How To Enter
Go To Shari's Berries, Look Around & Comment Below About What Item(s) You'd Love To Purchase If You Win!
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29.5.11

Gourmet Gift Baskets Junk Food Care Package Review & Giveaway

I wrote a review for Gourmet Gift Baskets in February and was immediately hooked on their delicious baskets.With Summer nearing and visits to Grandma's House, Summer Camp, and other fun trips planned, Gourmet Gift Baskets has come out with their all-new care packages! Being away from Mom and Dad can be hard for a child and they always love receiving packages, especially at camp, so why not show them you care with something fun and/or delicious?

There are several types of care packages available, including the Health Nut, Exam Cram, Arts & Crafts, and many more! I, of course, was immediately drawn to the Junk Food Care Package and all of the delicious treats it had. Oreos, Mac N Cheese, Combos and Rice Crispy Treats are just a few of the yummy items stuffed into the care package. As soon as it arrived on our doorstep, all of us picked a favorite treat and started eating! The Junk Food Care Package was seriously stuffed full of items and is sure to please anyone from kids to college students to grandparents. I think I was just as excited as the kids when we opened the package.

Believe me, anyone would be happy to receive the Junk Food Care Package. I, for one, always crave salty treats, so I was all over the Combos and Sunflower Seeds. Yummy!

Buy It
Ready to Purchase the Junk Food Care Package For A Loved One? Purchase It Today For Only $34.99!

Win It
One Lucky Children Teaching Mama Reader Will Win Their Own Junk Food Care Package! Yummy!

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Have You Heard of Listia Yet?

The other day I saw someone on facebook talk about Listia, so I got reeled in and signed up for an account to check it out. Much to my surprise, it's actually a really cool idea for a website. Listia is similar to Ebay, as all types of items are up for bidding, but not for money, for credits. You earn 450 credits just by signing up for an account and earn more credits for linking to facebook, twitter, etc. You can even list your own items for bidding to receive more credits to bid on items you like. Basically you trade items you no longer want, save credits and get something you do want! I've been surprised at the amount of awesome items up for bidding. I've seen a Coach purse, Vera Bradley bags, make-up, coupons, and much, much more.

Sign up today and receive 450 credits immediately! I've been saving up my credits for the past week and already have over 650, so they add up quickly. Let me know if you try it out and get something fun!

28.5.11

Summer Block Party %6: Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry Review & Giveaway

I have long hair, but very rarely have the time to curl and style it, so it automatically goes in a pony tail every day. I mostly use a band to pull it back because other clips and pins do not keep my fine (and by that I mean, thin) hair in place. After a few minutes, the strands inevitably start falling. It's frustrating and takes too much time. Does this happen to you? Well, you will absolutely love Lilla Rose, a creative line of hair jewelry that's not only beautiful, but comfortable.

About Lilla Rose
The creator of Lilla Rose wanted to create something completely different from the usual clips and other hair accessories on the market and that's exactly what he did by making the Flexi Clip. Available in seven different sizes, the Flexi Clip will work in anyone's hair, whether thick OR thin! Depending on the style you want, you will need different sizes of the Flexi Clip. The Lilla Rose website has a very helpful styling video and sizing guide to help you determine which size is best for you!

In addition the the wonderful Flexi Clip, Lilla Rose also offers a beautiful variety of adjustable beaded headbands, decorative bobby pins, reversible ponytail holders called O-Rings, beaded eyeglass lanyards and more!
My Thoughts

I was so excited to learn about Lilla Rose hair jewelry since my hair is so thin. I first watched the video tutorial and read about the different sizes, which helped me decide on the extra small Flexi Clip. It would work best with my type of hair and the kinds of types of styles I would pull my hair back for the most. The next part was the hardest- deciding on which clip to review! There are so many I love, but finally decided upon the Silver Celtic Knot.
Of course, I had to give it a try as soon as it arrived. For the very first time in my entire life, I put the clip in my hair and didn't have to fix or redo my hair all day long! We went to the park, went shopping, played with the kids, and it was still in place!!! I was utterly amazed. Plus, it looked so pretty having half up and half down that I got lots of compliments. I was more than satisfied, especially because it took me all of 30 seconds to pull it back.
My other favorite: Princess Tiara Freestyle

I'm absolutely hooked on Lilla Rose Flexi Clips and can't wait to buy more. There really are so many different styles that you can find something to suit just about anyone's tastes. Some are simple and some are more ornate! Denise is my representative and the person sponsoring this review. I just have to say that she was so helpful, answered all of my questions, and is so sweet! Plus, she often runs specials on her facebook page, so you need to "like" her on there, but we'll get to that in the giveaway.

Buy It
Purchase A Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Today For prices starting at only $10.00!
(*Sale- All Fairy Clips Are 25% Until May 31st)

Win It
One Lucky Winner Will Receive Their Choice Of Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry!

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Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends June 13th 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.

27.5.11

Top Things That People Should Stop Saying Regarding Breastfeeding

 As a natural mom, I really wanted to breastfeed both of my children. It just so happens that Liam was a preemie, so I ended up having to pump and they'd feed him through a tube and then he had to take it through a bottle later on. Just like many babies, once he got home, his digestion changed and he started having severe constipation and other issues no matter what we did. Needless to say, breastfeeding didn't last longer than 2 months, unfortunately.

I completely support breastfeeding and encourage all moms to try, but sometimes it just can't happen. I just came across an article on Just West of Crunchy's blog and was inspired to link up to her and write my own list of things people say about breastfeeding that really peeve me. These are all Just West of Crunchy inspired, so some are the same and/or similar!

6 Breastfeeding Myths

1. Everyone Can Breastfeed! That just isn't so. It doesn't always come naturally, babies don't always latch on easily, and other issues can arise. So many Mamas end up feeling guilty because they cannot breastfeed and others make them feel guilty, too, but they shouldn't. If you try and it doesn't happen, at least you did give it a try, which is more than I can say for many.

2. Formula = Poison! While I do encourage Mamas to breastfeed or give it a try, formula is the next choice if it doesn't work out. What else can they feed the baby if not breast milk? Obviously it isn't poison and I hate when people act like it is. I know plenty of formula fed babies and all of them are as healthy as those who were breastfed.

3. If you don't breastfeed, you obviously don't care enough about your children. Please! It's hard to even comment on this. I've even heard people comment that formula fed babies should be taken away from their parents. It's just ridiculous.

4. Your Breastmilk Not Coming In? Other issues? Well, try _____ and it will work! I'm sure you've gotten all types of advice from other Mamas. Try some special teas, herbs, foods, etc. While some Mamas have luck with them, they aren't a definite.

5. Your Baby Isn't Latching/Eating- Keep Trying, It Will Happen. When I hear this, in the back of my mind I'm thinking this equates to "Starve your baby and eventually they'll drink something." When I had trouble breastfeed my first, the lactation consultant kept telling us this and even sent us home without Josiah latching or eating properly. Wrong, lady! She should have helped me get the hang of it before sending us on our way to be at home with a crying baby, wondering what the heck to do. 

6. Breast Is Best! Okay, yes, I do think breastfeeding should be the first choice for any Mama, but is it always best for the child? The answer is no. Do you drink, smoke, take medicine? If so, breast is definitely not always best.

Those are just some of my peeves. :) What are yours?
I realize there are many great reasons to breastfeed, but I also think that we, as Mamas, should support each other on our decisions and try to help each other rather than criticize.

Summer Block Party Linky W/ All Current Giveaways

Here's a linky to all of the current giveaways for the Summer Block Party! All 14 of our blogs have many, many giveaways compiled for you to win, win, win! I'm in the middle of compiling another more formal list, but this is this will do for now! If you don't see many giveaways listed, no worries. The other list will be up tonight! :)

Announcement: Change to GNC Giveaway Entries

Hi, everyone!  Per request of GNC, I just had to change around the entries. The mandatory entry has now changed to liking GNC on facebook AND following their marketing director on Twitter. For those of you who already entered with the old mandatory entry, no worries. Your old entries will still count.
As of today at noon, the mandatory entries have now changed and will be effective. Sorry about that, you guys!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

8Mom.com Daily Deal Website FREE $8 Credit PLUS, &2 For &20 Worth of Hair Cute Accessories

I love my daily deal websites, especially when they give us money for signing up! Parenting.com just started their own deals website called 8moms and has a promotion going on right now. Sign-up for an account and receive an $8 credit for any future purchase!

Here’s how:

Go to 8Moms.com and click on “Buy Now” on the deal advertised on the homepage (you don't have to purchase).
::Sign up for an account and in the Promotional Code box type use code PARENTING8
::This will give you $8 in free credit to your account. Save this to use on any upcoming deal they offer 
 
The deal for today is $10 for $20 of Cute Hair Accessories for Little Girls! Use your $8 and get them for only $2. What a great deal! 

Amazon.com Deal: Kid's Workbooks ONLY &1.05 Each

I saw this on Hip2Save's blog and had to post. On Amazon.com right now, you can purchase School Zone Preschool and Elementary Age Workbooks for only $1.40, which includes shipping if you have Amazon Prime!! In addition, these workbooks qualify for the 4-for-3 promo going on. When you buy 4, you receive the lowest priced book free!That's a great deal! These books are great educational activity books for children. Josiah loves them and I feel like they are actually teaching something as he plays.

Here are some of the deals: 
Dot-to-Dot Numbers Activity Zone (Ages 4-6)

Beginning Reading

Preschool Basics

Mazes Preschool Activity Zone (ages 4-6)

Hidden Pictures Alphabet Activity Zone (ages5-up)

Hidden Pictures Discovery Activity Zone (Ages 5-Up)

Basic Sight Word Fun!

Mazes Animals Activity Zone (Ages4-6)

Multiplication Facts Made Easy 3-4

Summer Block Party %5: Kidorable Review & Umbrella Giveaway

Since my son was old enough to walk, he's loved running through the rain and jumping in puddles. That's why he's had Kidorable rain boots since he was 1 year-old because they are not only adorable, but completely functional. I love Kidorable and am so excited to finally do a review for them!

What is Kidorable?

In 1997, Kidorable began as an idea to create children's apparel that was not only fun, but functional. The idea sprang to fruition when Kidorable launched it's first line of hangers and umbrellas. Since then, as sales increased, so did their children's apparel line! To the delight of parents and children alike, Kidorable introduces a new style or product about every year or so.

My Thoughts

We received the Fireman Rain Coat and the matching Fireman Rain Boots to review. Of course, as soon as they arrived, Josiah snatched them up and had to wear them around... for days! He's had the Frog Rain Boots twice in the past and decided he wanted to try something different.


See all the detail
I was very impressed with the bright red colors of the coat and boots. Josiah loved the printed flames on both, too. He loves the bright red color, just like a real fireman, and the flames printed on them. I love the rain coat, which also came with a free matching hand-painted wooden hanger. I wish his entire closet had those hangers!! Plus, the rain coat was very detailed and waterproof! With buttons, snaps, and a hood, no rain was getting through it!

We love Kidorable and were, as always, very happy with the fireman boots and rain jacket! All the items we've ever purchased are bright, cute, and well-made!



Buy It
Purchase Kidorable rain boots—for indoor play or outdoor fun, they’re sure to make a splash—visit http://www.kidorable.com/cart/Rain-Boots!
Don't forget, you get a free matching hanger with every child's raincoat. Only at http://www.kidorable.com/cart/Rain-Coat

Win It
One Lucky Children Teaching Mama Reader Will Win Their Choice Of A Kidorable Umbrella!
How To Enter
Take a Look At the Adorable Kidorable Umbrellas. Then, come back and leave a comment below telling me which one you'd like if you win!

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Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends June 9th 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.

26.5.11

Summer Block Party 4: GNC Review & &100 Gift Card Giveaway (US & Canada)


One of my friends purchases all of his supplements and vitamins and GNC. When I asked him why, he told me he trusts them, they provide quality products, and no others have worked as well for him. You've probably seen GNC stores at your local mall or other shopping areas, but, in case you haven't, here's a little bit about them.

About GNC


GNC is a well-known store known for setting the standard in the nutritional supplement industry! They provide cutting-edge nutritional science and their customers know they can depend on GNC for their truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. The GNC company has grown substantially over the years and so has their commitment to Living Well. As their website reveals, they are actually the world's largest company of its kind, which is devoted to helping consumers improve the quality of their lives.

From scientific research and new product discovery to the manufacturing and packaging processes, GNC takes pride in our rigorous approach to ensuring quality. Their commitment to quality extends to our interactions with customers in our stores and after you buy GNC products.

My Thoughts

GNC has changed so much since I remember seeing the store as a teenager walking around the mall. I'm amazed at their huge selection of products. From Vitamins and Supplements to All kinds of Beauty Care! I even found sunless tanning products in stock that I've been unable to find elsewhere!

Every time I've been in a GNC store, the workers always ask if I need help with something. Not only are they there to help, but they are very knowledgeable about their products, which is more than most stores! Their product selection and customer service really help make clear the GNC mantra, Living Well.

Ready to Go On A GNC Shopping Spree?

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One Lucky Children Teaching Mama Reader Will Win A $100 Gift Card To Use At GNC 
(in-store or online)

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Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends June 9th 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.

25.5.11

Summer Block Party #3: Ziplock Outdoor Living W/ Robin Miller's Recipes & Tips Review & Giveaway

One of my favorite things about summer is that we spend much more time outside. We invite friends over, sit on our deck, and, my favorite, we grill out! Ziploc Brand has partnered with Robin Miller from the Food Network to help families get the most out of their fun cookout festivities and save money and resources, too. That's right up my alley, for sure!

Miller has some great ideas and tips to make your cookout easy, hassle-free, and delicious that I'd like to share with you guys. Here are some of my favorite tips:

  • Marinate It- We all know to marinate our chicken and steaks to make the meat tasty and juicy. Instead of using bowls, plates, and other items that mean additional clean-up, use Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags to marinate chicken, pork, beef, and fish! Remember, meat and poultry can marinate for up to 24 hrs. When you are ready to grill, just take the bags straight out of the fridge and to the grill to prepare your delicious dinner! Yummy!
  •  Dip It- Get creative with your cooking! Make dipping stations so guests can put their own personal twist on grilled favorites! For instance, make unique dips and serve them with grilled staples like fish, veggies or meat! (If you try out the Beef Kebab recipe by Miller below, be sure to make the dips to go along with it. Guests will love trying something new. You can also make the kebabs with chichen, shrimp, or portobello mushrooms!)
  •  Prep It, Store It, Take It- Go ahead and prepare your side dishes and desserts ahead of time. You can seal in the freshness in Ziploc® Brand Containers with the Smart SnapSeal, which can go from fridge to cooler to the party easily! Serve some savory sides like Miller's Spiral Pasta W/ Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes & Pine Nuts or other favorites like homemade dips served with chips and pita wedges. 
  •  Pack It- To save some money when out and about, pack a picnic for the family instead of purchasing expensive meals. We all know how expensive theme-park meals can be and this is a great way to pinch some pennies! Store your tableware and spoons in Ziploc® Brand Slider Storage and Freezer Bags with the Smart Zip™ Seal. You can even pack up some pre-moistened paper towels in the Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags for spills and clean-up. When the picnic is over, put all the tableware back in the bags, take them home and wash.
Here are some of Robin Miller's Recipe suggestions:
Spiral Pasta with Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts – A delicious, yet healthy snack and side dish!
Beef Kebabs with Three Dips –Chipotle-Lime Mayo, Wasabi Soy Sauce, & Roasted Red Pepper Dips to make your dip station!Creative and fun for your cookout.
There are more great recipes and more tips on the Ziploc website to keep you entertaining and on a budget.

My Thoughts

I am a huge Ziploc addict and always stock up on these bags. You may ask why, especially since I am all about natural living, right? Well, these are reusable. I wash mine over and over in the dishwasher to clean and sanitize after use. They last quite a while and are great for just about anything. I pack snacks for the kids, store leftovers, and have frozen the fruits and veggies from our garden!

Ziploc can help make your cookouts and entertaining a cinch to stay on budget and make some delicious treats for you and your guests. So, ready to win some great Ziploc products for your summer entertaining?

Win It
One Children Teaching Mama reader will win a Ziploc Prize Pack, including a variety of Ziploc Freezer, Storage, and Slider Bags!

**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.
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Leave A Comment Below Telling Us Your Favorite Cooking Tip (can be anything cooking related!)

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Plenty of opportunities to increase your chance of winning! This Giveaway is open to US Residents and Ends June 8th 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.

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April-May Winners List

Okay, so some of you have noticed I was a little behind on picking winners for giveaways. They have all now been emails. Congrats to the winners. As always, if there are any I forgot to post, if you can't find the winners to, or have any questions, just email me at childrenteachingmama@gmail.com to find out! Here is a list of everyone..



Mascot books – 5 winners

Winner 1:
#30- Tasha said... 30

 Winner #2:
funfunfun said... 34

Winner #3:

Lesli said... 61

Winner #4:
aperry said... 18

 Winner #5:
Bethany C. said... 4


Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag
Mrs.Smitty said... 5



Purex Crystals
Tyler said... 26


Purex With Zout

debijackson said... 63


Gorton’s Seafood 2 winners

 Winner#1:
 GabbyLowe said... 59

 Winner #2:
Jessica said... 170


Apothica $50 Credit

kittypolishnbags said... 57


Red Envelope $50

Brittney said... 145


Born Free Bottles

Melissa said... 39



Kim & Scott's Pretzels 4-Pack

abitnerdy said... 98

Schick Intuition Naturals

humanecats said... 22



POM Wonderful Coupon 3 Winners

Winner #1:

Tina said... 21


Winner #2:

Tamara B. said... 9

 Winner #3:

allisonsbj3 said... 32

24.5.11

Socks4Life Review & &20 Giveaway Summer Block Party Giveaway #2

 It seems to me we have a monster in the washing machine that eats socks. Every single time I do a load of laundry, it comes out missing one sock. That's why I was so excited to review Socks4Life.com.

About Socks4Life (from website)

Welcome to Socks4Life! We carry only the best brands and models of socks on the market. If you're shopping online for quality socks, we definitely have what you're looking for. We are committed to offering you the finest socks at great prices while providing exceptional customer service.


It's important to us that our customers and potential customers know that they are dealing with a reliable company. That's why we are members of the Indianapolis Better Business Bureau. When you call our customer service team, you deal with real people who care about you and your shopping experience we are ready to help you in any way we can. We recognize our customers have different needs, and we want to help you find the perfect socks from our wide selection of styles and designs. 

 My Thoughts

When looking around the website I realized just how many different socks they offered for the entire family and all at great prices.  There are separate sections for each kind of sock, for example they are listed as socks for women, knee socks, socks for kids, and men's socks, so you can easily find exactly what you are searching for!

I very quickly received a wonderful selection of socks from Socks4Life and we starting wearing them immediately, thanks to the sock monster! Josiah received the Balmoa Kid's Low Cut Socks, which are perfect for outdoor play during the summer months. They are so soft and thick, yet breathable and very affordable at only $3.99 for a 3-pack!

I received a 3-pack of Act Naturally Women's Bamboo Socks and a pair of Mary Jane Striped Excell Slippers. The bamboo socks I received come in many different colors to suit your style and are super-soft. The Mary Jane slippers also come in 5 different colors, but I chose black and white. These are, by far, the softest, most comfortable slippers I've ever owned. I am seriously addicted! They also have a non-skid bottom that I love since we have hardwood floors. Everyone should own a pair of these, especially at only $4.99 a pair.

If you are looking to buy in bulk, the costs per pair actually decrease and Socks4Life also has a great Spring Sale going on right now with up to 85% off prices! That's better than you'd ever find in stores. I definitely recommending Socks4Life for all your sock needs. Also, if you need help choosing the correct color of dress sock, just click on the link! They are definitely there to help you and are all about customer service.


23.5.11

Kicking Off the Block Party Early- Poshling Review & $25 Giveaway

 Over the years and many shopping trips, I have become obsessed with children's boutique clothing. I love fashion and want my little ones to be stylish, too. I like dressing my boys in Mini Boden, Appaman, and See Kai Run shoes. Okay, I admit, It can be very expensive, but it doesn't have to be. With Poshling, Mom's can find luxury clothing at great prices!

About Poshling

Poshling is a new social shopping community for stylish, in-the-know moms! What sets Poshling apart from other deals websites is that members vote for their very favorite premium products they would like to see featured. Then, members gain access to exclusive discounts on the top-voted products. Plus, members will also find special hand-picked items by Poshling editors. The limited-time sales last only 48 to 72 hours, so be sure to check in often.

How do you become a member? It's simple and FREE! Just sign up by clicking HERE. In addition, for every friend you refer, you will get $15 in Poshling credit when they make a purchase.

My Thoughts

Every time I've logged into Poshling I've found some of my favorite brands and some other great finds I wish I'd known about earlier! Today I found an Appaman clothing (one of my favorites) and Heather Lehman nursingwear, all of which were discounted greatly. Later this week you can find cashmere sweaters and blankets from Amber Hagen and the adorably popular Morgan and Milo shoes. This is the type of deals website I've been dreaming about! It's selective, I have a say in what gets featured, and it's stylish.

Need another reason to give Poshling a try? Their $5 flat rate shipping! How many times have you been ripped off on shipping rates? I know I have. I make what I think is great purchase only for a $15-20 shipping charge to pop up at the end. It's ridiculous and makes me rethink my the purchase completely, but Poshling guarantees the flat rate of $5 for shipping and returns! That is very appealing for those of us on a budget!

You'll definitely want to stay tuned for future sales. With 2 stylish grads from Harvard Business School running the website, you can definitely expect great things from Poshling! I am crossing my fingers for a See Kai Run sale in the near future.

Win It
One Lucky Children Teaching Mama reader will win a $25 Credit to Poshling.com

How To Enter
Leave A Comment Below About Your Favorite Children's Clothing Brand!
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22.5.11

Announcing The Summer Block Party Line-Up

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The moment you've all been waiting for is almost here! Beginning May 24th, 2 days from now, the Summer Block Party will officially begin! What is the block party? Well, there are 15 of us participating from May 24 to June 21st with 1 giveaway posted each day! Wow! That's over 400 giveaways in a month's time.  
This will be your chance to win some great summer fun items for you and the kids to make this the best summer ever!

Here is a list of the participating blogs:
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Pam
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Robyn
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Ashley
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Sumana
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After this is posted, I will be posting my first list of sponsors along with the date the giveaway will go live. Each of my giveaway will be live for 2 weeks, so you'll have plenty of time to get around and register for all the giveaways. (The other blogs may do theirs differently.)
Are you ready to join the Summer Block Party? 
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