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Dover, Arkansas, United States
Hey everyone welcome to my blog!! I'm a 25yr old SAHM to a wonderful 3yr old little boy "Bug" and I've been married to my wonderful husband for 5 long and happy years! Please join me in out journey as new parents to learn the ropes and on the adventure of expanding our famiy :) I love to review products that are relevent to our family and would be happy to set up a review and giveaway if you have a product you would like us to review just contact us :) at thecartoonlovinmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hartz Pet Supplies Review and Gift Pack Giveaway



This post if for all the pet parents out there reading my blog and looking to score a little prize for their fur babies! As many of you know we have a very active Boxer named Cash and we just recently added a new member to our family….Boogie….a fuzzy little black and gray kitten! We love animals at our home and I’m sure each of you love your fur babies just as much as we love ours, so of course when we were given the opportunity from Hartz to review and giveaway a few of their products we jumped at the opportunity!

About Hartz (taken from website):

Hartz offers the finest quality pet supplies so your pet will live a healthier, happier and longer life.

We truly understand the important relationship between you and your pet, and pledge to provide products that make this relationship more rewarding and fun for both of you. We will develop and apply new ideas and technologies to give you and your pet the finest quality pet supplies — so your pet will live a healthier, happier, and longer life.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent an awesome little gift pack full of products for Cash to try out from Hartz. Our packaged included the following items for review: a box of Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Dog Biscuits, Dura Play Ball, Hartz Groomer’s Best 3 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo and last but not least a package of Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Chew Bones with Denta Shield.

When our package arrived “Bug” and Cash couldn’t wait to get into the box and see what all goodies Hartz had sent. Immediately Cash found the Dura Play Ball and I’m assuming immediately fell in love with it, it quickly became his and “Bug’s” favorite toy to play catch with and he has played with it every day since it arrived. I’m very impressed with the Dura Play Ball for the simple fact that Cash is a Boxer and Boxers tend to chew everything up and generally his toys don’t last a couple of weeks but he has been enjoying the Dura Play Ball now for a few months.

Cash also really enjoyed the Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Dog Biscuits and the Crunch ‘n Clean Chew Bones with Denta Shield, it didn’t take him long though to have the Chew Bones down to absolutely nothing. I love these treats and chews for the simply fact Cash enjoys them and I don’t have a huge mess of crumbs to clean up after him. Since we got the opportunity to try these treats we have since bought them both several times, they are now a must have for our pooch!

Next up is probably one of my favorite products we reviewed, certainly Cash isn’t a fan for the simple fact it is shampoo and he hates baths but I myself love the effectiveness and how fresh and clean Cash smells after we bathe him with the Hartz Groomer’s Best 3 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo. This shampoo has replaced my prescription shampoo for dogs and I can tell you I will never go back to my previous dog shampoo products. Cash has a tendency to have some sensitive skin and it’s been difficult to find a shampoo that doesn’t cause him to loose his hair and break out but with the Hartz shampoo we were sent we don’t have any of those issues anymore and it’s much cheaper than the brand we were having to buy with a prescription from the vet.

Bottom Line:

After trying all four Hartz products we were sent I can happily say Cash is now a Hartz dog and we continue to buy these products even though our sample products have long been used up. Hartz is by far one of the best pet care companies I have ever worked with and I can tell you from experience the durability of their toys, the obvious taste and smell of their treats and the effectiveness and gentleness of their shampoo, you can truly tell Hartz is very passionate about brining pets and their parents only the best!

If you have never tried Hartz you don’t know what your pets are missing out on! I would highly recommend trying the products mentioned above and all other Hartz products!

Buy It:
To purchase any of the Hartz products mentioned above and many more visit your local Hartz retailer!

Win It:
Hartz has agreed to offer one of my super lucky readers a prize pack that includes the four products mentioned above (ARV $24.00)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Hartz and tell me what one product for any animal you would like to try! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Hartz be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Hartz on Facebook

6. Follow Hartz on Twitter


Giveaway ends June 13, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Hartz mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Jamberry Nail Shields Review and Giveaway



As many of you super busy mom’s out there knows, getting to the nail salon for that summer pedicure and manicure can be kind of a pain and sometimes completely out of the question right? Well I’m one of those divas that just have to have a mani and pedi to feel great and during the summer they are a must to keep me feeling sunny and ready to go out and enjoy the sunshine, but I don’t always have the extra cash or time to get to the nail salon to get a “professional” nail job, so I’m always on the lookout for new and fun nail products to try and make my nails look fabulous without the money or time involved. Recently I was introduced to Jamberry Nail Shields and I was immediately attracted to their beautiful nail shields that would make my nails super cute and do so super fast and in the comfort of my own home, so of course when I was given the opportunity to choose a sheet of nail shields to review I was thrilled but I had a hard time making my decision!

About Jamberry Nail Shields (taken from website):

Jamberry Nails started with three sisters.

We created Jamberry Nails to provide a simple way to brighten your day. We constantly get letters and feedback from customers letting us know how much they love the product and how many compliments they get day after day. We know you'll love the product too and feel great wearing your Nail Shields.

You'll also love Jamberry Nails because of how easily they can be applied and how many different looks you can acheive by mixing and matching. Our Nail Shields will give you that high-end salon look in the convenience of your own home.

We are passionate about making a great product and keeping up with the latest trends in our designs. If you have any feedback for our company we would love to hear it.

Thanks for shopping at Jamberry Nails!
Christy, Keri, Lyndsey
The Jamberry Sisters

My Thoughts:

I was given the opportunity to choose a sheet of nail shields to review and I will admit right now that choosing only one design was extremely difficult but I finally decided on the white skulls on black design (seen above)! My shields arrived very quickly and I couldn’t wait to get started! Best of all a sheet of these nail shields cost about half of what you would spend in a nail salon for the same nails….or nails that don’t look near as cute or stylish! I will post picture tonight of the before and after since I forgot to bring my USB cord to upload the photos.

To apply the Jamberry Nail Shields is super simple and only took about 15minuets to completely finish all 10 fingers. Now my fingernails are pretty short so with one sheet I was able to do all ten fingers and toes with some left over! To apply simply clean your natural nails with alcohol or fingernail polish remover, match up the fit of the nail shield to your natural nail, apply medium heat from a blow dryer for around 10-15 seconds just to get the shield to bend and flex and apply to your natural nail, cut the access off with scissors and file the smaller pieces to sculpt around the nail and your done! I honestly couldn’t believe how easy these were to apply and they stayed on until I decided to remove them, around a week and a half. I applied a coat of clear nail polish to make sure they secured well. Removal was super easy all I did was apply some fingernail polish remover to the clear coat and peeled the nail shields off and they left my nails looking great with no damage at all!

I got so many compliments about my toes and nails that it was totally unreal! I usually get compliments on my nails and such when I go to the salon but this time my nails were so unique and different that everyone was super impressed! I have recommended Jamberry so many times over the last few months and I’m planning on ordering more of these nail shields in the next few weeks, I just have to decide what design I need this time. I’m telling ya, there are so many adorable designs that it is super hard to choose just one.

Bottom Line:

I am totally in love with Jamberry Nail Shields, they have designs for every season and well just for everyday wear. I’m thinking these would make a wonderful addition to any wardrobe for holiday parties, summer bbq’s and weddings! If you have never tried a nail shield and even if you have I totally recommend making your nails and toes beach ready with Jamberry Nail Shields, I know your going to find a design that matches your personality and personal style!

Buy It:
To purchase the Jamberry Nail Shields mentioned above and many more awesome designes visit the Jamberry Nail Shield website!

Win It:
Jamberry is so awesome they have offered one of my super lucky readers a sheet of nail shields in their favorite design (ARV $15.00)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Jamberry and tell me what design you would choose if you won! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Jamberry be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Jamberry Nail Shields on Facebook

6. Follow Jamberry Nail Shields on Twitter


Giveaway ends June 13, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Jamberry Nail Shields mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

B. Toys is giving away presents in honor of their first birthday! 10,000 to be exact! For the first 10,000 people who "LIKE" us on Facebook, B. is giving away 10,000 specially designed Onesies


Starting June 01, 2011 (that's tomorrow guys and gals) B. Toys is giving away 10,000 specially designed onesies, to the first 10,000 people who "LIKE" them on Facebook! I got the opportunity to receive one of these adorable onesies a couple of weeks ago and I have to say even thought I don’t have a tiny one to put in this onesies, I have a very close friend who is expecting and I can guarantee this is going to find it’s way into the gift basket! It’s perfect for either a boy or a girl and it’s super stylish and very soft!

So what are you waiting for…..mark your calendars and be sure to log on to B. Toys Facebook fan page and like them so you to can get one of the 10,000 specially designed onesies!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Winners for the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Flower arrangement and the Kiss Nails Prize pack goes to…..

Congrats to today’s lucky winners, you guys have been e-mailed so be sure to respond in 48hrs to claim the prizes!!!

Winner of the 1-800-FLOWERS.com Memorial Day Bouquet is comment #70 kellyr78

Winner of the Kiss Nails Prize Pack is comment #103 Diane52

Thanks to all who have entered and be sure to check back soon for some fun new giveaways.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Winners….We got Winners!!


Good Wednesday afternoon all my lovelies! Hope you are all doing great and staying safe in this horrible weather lately. Also to all our friends and neighbors in Joplin, MO and Oklahoma who has been having to deal with all the tornados…..we have you all in our thoughts and prayers! Now onto the winners….I’ve got several to announce today so let’s get started:


The CLR Kitchen and Bath Cleaner goes to comment #98 lily, comment #62 Ngelica and comment #72 Kitty Cardero


Zibits Mini R/C Robot goes to comment #27 GabbyLowe


Friis Coffee Vault Storage Canister goes to comment #129 Kakinada


Busy with Bugs Book goes to comment #43 Rajee


$50 American Express Gift Card from Pampers goes to comment #142 Jan


Congratulations to you all and I have sent each of you an e-mail…please respond asap or within 48 hours to claim your prize or I will have to choose a new winner and I really hate having to do that!!!


On a side note I’ve got lots of new and fun giveaways that should be posted in the next few days so keep an eye out and be sure to enter…and don’t forget to tell your friends!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Skoy Cloths Review and Giveaway



I know I have mentioned it before but we are making a conscious effort to make our home more “green” and environmental friendly. With that being said we have drastically cut back on the number of disposable items we purchase and use including our cleaning products and we now no longer purchase paper/plastic plates, bowls and silver wear. I am very picky when it come to my house staying clean and to be honest my husband says I’m way to picky but I have my standards and I’m going to stick with it! Since we decided to go “green” I have quit using paper towels when cleaning but I have also found the problem that using a dish towel over and over doesn’t really seem that “clean” to me so when I was given the opportunity to review Skoy Cloths, I was really excited and couldn’t wait to try them out!

About Skoy Cloths (taken from website):

SKOY cloth is a ...
100% biodegradable
Absorbent
Re-usable
European-made
Clean
and Fun…
Multi-use cloth

The SKOY cloth is a fabulous, absorbent, biodegradable and natural multi-use cloth. Our re-usable earth friendly cloth is perfect in your kitchen, bathroom, and on most surface areas in your home or office. SKOY cloth can be used in place of your sponge, wash cloth or paper towels.

It is a European made product and 100% biodegradable because it is made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. SKOY cloth is a chlorine-free product using water-based colors and inks. After an independent composting test, SKOY cloth broke down completely within 5 weeks.

The SKOY cloth is a durable product due to the reusability factor and can last months. Using a SKOY cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home. With the high cost of paper towels, as much as $2 per roll, SKOY cloth is the obvious choice for your wallet and the environment.

The SKOY cloth has an absorption factor of 15x its own weight. As a result, producing the most superior cloth product available. Imagine using 15 sheets of good-quality paper towels at once… This is how a wet SKOY cloth will feel in your hand.

The SKOY cloth is long-lasting because of the wash ability feature. It dries quickly, so it is not a breeding ground for bacteria. Have you ever used your sponge, then smelled your hand and it reeked of horrible bacteria? That will never happen again if you microwave your SKOY cloth regularly. It is also dishwasher and washer/dryer safe. Cleaning your SKOY cloth will keep it healthy and germ-free. Please see Use & Care for instructions.
The cool and unique designs will make cleaning fun!

Our Thoughts:

We were sent a 4 pack of Skoy Cloths to review and as soon as they arrived and I took them out of the packages, I was instantly amazed at how uniquely cute these cleaning cloths actually are! I just love the bright colors and “Bug” immediately claimed the yellow one as his cleaning cloth!

I have been using these 4 Skoy Cloths ever since February of this year and I love them! There is no beating around the bush when it comes to these cleaning cloths! I love that they absorb so much liquid and makes cleaning up my little man’s spills and messes quick and easy. I have used these cloths for just about every household cleaning routine that I could think of….from doing dishes, cleaning the kitchen countertops, cleaning the kitchen appliances and just about every surface in the bathrooms. I have been simply amazed at the wide uses available for Skoy Cloths, and best of all they are dishwasher, washer and dryer safe so I know they are always clean and germ free when I go to use them. I also love that when I go to clean the most important surfaces in our kitchen, like the ones we put our food on, I can quickly sanitize the cloth by placing it in the microwave for just a few seconds so I know I get that deep clean my family needs!


Bottom Line:

We love our Skoy Cloths and we would highly recommend every household, “green” or not to pick some of these amazing cleaning cloths up! They are simply a must have for any busy household to keep it clean and germ free. My little sister recently got her own apartment for the first time and I talked her into ordering a set of Skoy Cloths and she too loves them, she has never really cleaned anything in her whole life and she says that she would much rather clean with the durable Skoy Cloths than a paper towel that falls apart and makes more of a mess!

If you are looking for the perfect “green” cleaning product to add to your cleaning arsenal pick yourself up a set of Skoy Cloths, I know you will fall in love with them just like we have! These would also make a wonderful housewarming gift for a new couple or a recent graduate starting out on their own!

Buy It:
To purchase the Skoy Cloths mentioned above visit the Skoy Cloths website!

Win It:
I have a 4-pack of colorful Skoy Cloths to giveaway to one of my lucky readers (ARV $6.99)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Skoy Cloths and tell me where how you would use the cloths if you won! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Skoy Cloths be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Skoy Cloths on Facebook

6. Follow Skoy Cloths on Twitter


Giveaway ends June 06, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Skoy Cloths mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pampers Little Miracle Mission and $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Have I got another super special giveaway for all my lovely readers today! This is going to be another really short giveaway, I have to have the winners information to the sponsor by Midnight on May 25, so this one will end on May 24 and it’s for a $50 American Express Gift Card to help out a new mother….any way you like!




About Pampers Little Miracle Mission:

In celebration of its 50th birthday, Pampers is recognizing how much parenting has changed over the years, and is sharing their belief that every baby is a little miracle that deserves to be celebrated, supported and protected, by unveiling its Little Miracle Mission campaign – a program that delivers acts of kindness to miracles and their families while encouraging parents to support others.

The brand recently kicked off the Little Miracle Missions campaign by delivering a giant act of support –donating care packages to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) across the country. Celebs Joey Lawrence , Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos and LaLa Anthony were on-hand in New York City to personally deliver a care package and thank you basket to Mt. Sinai Hospital and their staff.

My Thoughts:

I was offered a $50 American Express Gift Card to participate in the pay-it-forward program and with a couple of my dearest friends expecting little ones, I knew exactly how I was going to use it. After spending quite some time deciding what was the best way to pay-it-forward with my gift card, I decided to use it on a really close friend of mine that was expecting her second baby, but due to the recent storms and tornados here in Arkansas, they had lost just about everything and was struggling after her husband lost his job, so I went and bought a little over $50 worth of diapers, wipes and other must have baby items and fixed them up in a beautiful gift basket. I really wish I would have taken the time to take a photo before I took it to them, but I was so excited to be able to give so much that I forgot to take the picture.

Needless to say the family was thrilled with their gift basket and my friend even cried when she seen I had gotten some things for their 3year old daughter as well. I know that a lot of you guys and gals reading my blog is parents, expecting or knows someone who is and I’m sure you all have wonderful ideas on how to give back with a $50 gift card so I’m going to give you all a chance to win one thanks to Pampers!

Everyone can easily participate in a small way by logging on to Pampers Facebook page by hitting ‘like’ and then going to the Miracle Missions tab and committing to Mission 1 by clicking “I Want To Pledge.” Once more than 2,500 people pledge, Pampers will respond by giving baby showers to expectant mothers nationwide just in time for Mother’s Day. As a side note, anyone who pledges is automatically entered to win a year’s supply worth of Pampers diapers and wipes (and that can definitely help someone in a big way!).

Win It:
Pampers has offered to give one of my lucky readers a $50 American Express Gift Card to give back to an expecting family!

Mandatory Entry: Let me know how you would Pay-It-Forward if you win, best idea will take home the $50 Gift Card! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Pampers be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Pampers on Facebook

6. Follow Pampers on Twitter


Giveaway ends May 24, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the $50 gift card mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

KidSwitch Review and Giveaway


“Bug” is only three years old but he is in the independent stage where he wants to do everything himself. Although a lot of what he thinks he can do on his own he can, recently we have noticed that to turn on his bathroom light has been an issue for him. He generally climbs on the cloths hamper but to me that is just not safe and I really disliked him doing so. But, recently I found the solution to our problem….KidSwitch, and when they offered to let “Bug” try out the KidSwitch we were all very excited to see exactly how well this would work for us!

About KidSwitch (taken from website):

KidSwitch is a glow-in-the-dark light switch extender, that can be used with either toggle or decora stylelight switches. KidSwitch can be installed and used on any single, double, triple, or more toggle or decora style switch plate. (For decora switches, the adapter is required).

KidSwitch extends down 12" from the switch, allowing toddlers to safely reach and operate room lights.

To install on a toggle switch, you only need a screwdriver! Remove the existing switch plate screws, and replace them with the KidSwitch screw sets. Tighten the screws enough to secure the switch to the plate, while allowing for easy up and down movement.

To install on a decora switch, no tools are required! Simply peel and stick the adapter and then snap the KidSwitch into place!

To operate and turn the light on - simply push the moon handle up.

To turn the light off - simply pull the moon handle down.

Thank you for your interest in KidSwitch. We know that you and your toddler will get years of use from this unique helping hand tool!

To learn more watch this fun video:


Our Thoughts:

As soon as our KidSwitch arrived I immediately decided to put it on the bathroom light switch in which “Bug” uses the most. Since we got him out of his pull-ups and using the potty regularly it’s been an issue for him turning the light on and off by himself and I know it aggregated him that he couldn’t safely reach it and it was kind of an incontinence for me to have to stop washing dishes/folding laundry just to turn on the bathroom light so there were many days before the KidSwitch arrived that I simply left the light on to eliminate the problem of him climbing on things to turn it on or me having to stop what I am doing to do so for him.

The first thing “Bug” noticed about the KidSwitch is the handle shaped like a half moon, he really thought that was cool. The installation of the KidSwitch was super fast and easy, all I had to do was simply unscrew the middle screw of the light switch over place the opening slit over the switch and replace the screw and it was ready for the test drive!

“Bug” immediately began using it and has used it everyday since! Its very easy for him now to use the potty like a big boy all by himself and gives him the independence he wanted and needed for me to continue to do my chores while he took care of his business. The KidSwitch has made such an impact on him being independent we have decided to add a couple more to our home, one for his room and one for the kitchen! My mom and dad are even considering adding a couple to the rooms in their home where “Bug” has a hard time reaching the switches.

The KidSwitch has really changed our lives for the better! I don't know how we were making it without one of these! Not only does it help “Bug” turn the light on and off like a big boy, but it also glows in the dark which allows him to take care of business at night and helps us all find the light switch in the dark!

Bottom Line:

We love our KidSwitch and recommend it to anyone with toddlers running around the house, to help them independently turn on and off the lights they use most! I can’t say enough good things about this product, it is perfect in every way and I have yet to find anything that is slightly a con to it. This would make a wonderful birthday or baby shower gift!

Buy It:
To purchase the KidSwitch mentioned above visit the KidSwitch website!

Win It:
KidSwitch has offered one of my readers a KidSwitch (ARV $8.99) of their very own!

Mandatory Entry: Visit KidSwitch and tell me in what room you really need a KidSwitch! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to KidSwitch be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” KidSwitch on Facebook


Giveaway ends June 5, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the KidSwitch mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Real Simple's Dinnertime Makeover Contest


This fall Real Simple will give four families complete dinnertime makeovers. Want one?

With multiple jobs, kids’ crazy schedules, varying tastes, and too much on TV, family mealtime is often non-existent in most of our lives. Real Simple understands the importance of enjoying dinnertime as a family (it’s especially important for kids!), so we’ve launched the Take Back Dinnertime Contest.

Real Simple editors will give four grand-prize winning families all the tools they need to take back dinnertime – everything from easy weekly meal plans to a refrigerator makeover to realistic time-management strategies. The winners will be featured in the October issue of Real Simple magazine and on realsimple.com.


To enter, candidates can click the link below and tell us about their biggest dinnertime challenge, whether it is a house full of picky eaters, an overscheduled family, or the need for healthier, easy-to-prepare meals.

ENTER HERE

Submissions are due on June 17, 2011

Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month with DINOSAUR TRAIN and SID THE SCIENCE KID Review

DINOSAUR TRAIN’s “Buddy” and SID THE SCIENCE KID’s “Sid” are participating for the first time this year in May’s Get Caught Reading Month, organized by the Association of American Publishers as part of its annual nationwide campaign devised to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.

As part of the campaign, both Buddy and Sid are depicted “caught reading” in posters made available to teachers and parents for use in classrooms, libraries and other locations.

According to the Association of American Publishers, research indicates that early language experience actually stimulates a child's brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school. To that end, the members of the association hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives. The “Buddy” and “Sid” posters will be available at http://www.getcaughtreading.org/

All posters are free, with a $5.00 per set charge for shipping & handling, whether you order one poster or 12. A set is defined as any number of posters that you order between one and 12. The order form can be found at http://www.getcaughtreading.org/orderforms/GetCaughtReading-PosterOrderForm.pdf

Get Caught Reading Month has been supported in the past by such well-known figures as former First Lady Laura Bush, Drew Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Derek Jeter, Vernon Jordan, Jake Lloyd, Rosie O'Donnell, Dolly Parton, Jane Seymour, Sammy Sosa, Erik Weihenmayer, and Robin Williams, all of whom have been "caught reading" their favorite books and magazines for print ads and posters seen by millions of people across the country. In addition, more than 200 Members of Congress have been photographed "caught reading" on Capitol Hill. All of these images are available at http://www.getcaughtreading.org/

Several Dinosaur TRAIN and SID THE SCIENCE KID books are available to encourage children and their parents to Get Caught Reading in May.

SID THE SCIENCE KID and DINOSAUR TRAIN air on PBS KIDS (check local listings for details).

About Get Caught Reading
Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. May is Get Caught Reading month, but the campaign is promoted throughout the year. Get Caught Reading is supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

About AAP
The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the US book publishing industry. AAP’s nearly 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the Association’s highest priorities.

About DINOSAUR TRAIN
In Dinosaur TRAIN, young viewers join Buddy the T. rex and his adoptive family of Pteranodons on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs, and it has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way. Dinosaur TRAIN is a Parents’ Choice Recommended TV series, and its accompanying website received a Parents’ Choice Silver Award and a prestigious 2010 Prix Jeunesse Award. PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain welcomes more than 2.4 million visits each month, offering engaging content designed to continue dinosaur exploration beyond the television series, including printables, games, and a dinosaur field guide. Parents, caregivers and educators can find resources and activities to extend the series learning at PBS Parents and PBS Teachers.

Dinosaur TRAIN created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), is produced by The Jim Henson Company, and co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Animation, with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority. UK production and financial support is provided by Ingenious Media.


Our Thoughts:

We were given an amazing opportunity to review three of the amazing Dinosaur Train Books that are available to help kids get caught reading. As many of you already know my little “Bug” is a huge fan of Dinosaur Train and it has a constant presents in our home so I welcomed the books and couldn’t wait to get them so we could start reading them to “Bug”. We were sent the three following books:

The Buddy & Friends board book, from Grosset & Dunlap, join Buddy as he travels aboard the DINOSAUR TRAIN to introduce kids to some of his friends. Packed with full-color images from the show, this simple book is a perfect introduction to DINOSAUR TRAIN's many species! SRP $5.99. Ages 3–5.


A Surprise for Mom!, from Grosset & Dunlap, is a beautiful picture book that follows Buddy and his siblings as they begin to plan something special for Mrs. Pteranodon on her special day. Read along as Team Pteranodon searches high and low for the best gifts ever! SRP $3.99. Ages 3–5.


Tiny Learns to Fish, from Grosset & Dunlap. The first reader in the Dinosaur Train program follows Mr. Pteranodon as he takes the kids to the big pond to teach them how to fish. There's just one problem. Tiny can't catch a fish, and Buddy can't fly, so they team up to catch fish together! This Level 1 reader is perfect for young fans, who are starting to read on their own. SRP $3.99. Ages 3–5

Once our books arrived “Bug” couldn’t wait to get started reading them. He has always loved looking at books while me or his father reads them before bed or well just anytime he feels the need to be read to. We try to read to him at least 30 minuets a day and some days we read more than that. I have noticed since “Bug” turned 3 he has started paying more attention to the words as we read them and he is starting to recognize some of the smaller words and can read them!!

Anyways back to the review of the books. Long story short…..we love them! I love them because they feature all of “Bug’s” favorite Dinosaur Train characters and some he isn’t very familiar with. He loves the books because they are super colorful and the stories themselves are very interesting and keep him interested. As a mother I love that each of the books has a purpose behind them and teach “Bug” different things and he seems to really be learning and seems he learns something new each time we read together.

Bottom Line:

If you have little ones of any age I totally recommend picking up these books to share in the fun adventures and learning important lessons!

Additionally, SID THE SCIENCE KID books are available from Harper Collins.

Be sure to check out Dinosaur Train, Jim Henson Company and Geocache on the web:

The hit television series Dinosaur Train™ airs daily on PBS KIDS® (check local listings).

The Jim Henson Company
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Geocache: www.geocaching.com/dinosaurtrain


This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the three Dinosaur Train mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Memorial Day Giveaway


Who doesn’t love fresh flowers to brighten up the room??? I know I do and when I was asked to host a wonderful Memorial Day Giveaway from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM I just could not pass up the opportunity! This is going to be a rather short giveaway, three days to be exact, and I don’t know if you will receive your arrangement before Memorial Day, but I can guarantee the arrangement is beautiful and will look amazing even after Memorial Day.

About 1-800-FLOWERS.COM:
Receiving a gift of fresh flowers is always a thrill, and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM makes sending that excitement to your loved ones easier than ever before! We make it simple to send flowers online, no matter what the occasion. You can explore an amazing selection of flowers and florist-designed flower arrangements right here online.

We're devoted to delivering flowers that bring smiles. For that reason, we bring you flowers of the freshest and highest quality. When you send flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, you're sending flowers specially selected as the best blooms from the world's best growers. Our technology helps us to make flower delivery faster, and our customer service team is ready to provide exceptional service. Your lucky recipient will love your gift of flowers, and you will love the solutions we offer for every gift-giving situation.

We send flowers to most any location, and we have relationships with both local florists and flower growers. Not only does this help ensure the gifts you send are delivered on time, but it also means they are as fresh as possible and deliver a great value to both the receiver and the person who sends flowers. Our customer service team is standing by to help you with any order. Whether you're sending a dozen roses to celebrate your love or a gift basket to congratulate a co-worker–if you have questions, our team has answers. Just call 1-800-356-9377 or place your flower order online. We will help you find and deliver the perfect flower arrangement, flowers, plants, or gift to celebrate life's most meaningful moments.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM is always your best choice when shopping online for flowers, bouquets and gifts at any time of the year. We have a wonderful variety of fresh flowers and plants. Whether your recipient prefers mixed flower bouquets, roses, orchids, tulips, lilies or another flower, you'll be able to find gorgeous flower arrangements at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. We also offer delicious gourmet gift baskets of fresh fruit, gourmet food, chocolate and candy. Check out our Flower Blog for all kinds of information about flowers and customs.

Whether you're looking for a flower bouquet or a potted plant, our variety of flowers and gifts provide you plenty of choices. Not sure which florist-designed flower arrangement to choose? Consider your recipient's favorite flower, color or style, as well as the occasion. Will something whimsical and bright be perfect for the moment? Or would an elegant and simply designed vase of flowers be ideal? No matter what the vision you have for the flowers you'd like to send, you'll find the perfect choice at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Same-day flower delivery is available throughout Spring, Winter, Summer and Fall. All you have to do is place your order by 2:00 pm of the gift receiver's time.

In 1976, Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, opened his first retail florist shop and forever changed the way flowers are bought for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. For more than 30 years, our passion has been to help you connect and express yourself to the important people in your life by providing the finest selection of beautiful, fresh flowers and florist-designed flower arrangements, from roses to tulips to carnations to orchids to gerbera daisies, available for same day or next day delivery. You can also find plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, and stuffed animals perfect for every occasion and all covered by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

A Forbes Magazine Best of the Web pick, a consumer magazines "best flower rating" and named to Internet Retailer's Best of the Web Top 50 Retail Sites list for seven consecutive years, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is proud to offer solutions for every gifting need, whether you're looking for flower delivery across town or across the country

My Thoughts:

Right now 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has two wonderful new arrangements that are not only beautiful mixes of red, white and blue flowers, but they also give thanks to the men and women who serve our great country day after day! This Memorial Day spice up your d├ęcor with one of these two arrangements:

American Dreams:


Or


Red, White and Blooms:

Are they not just breathtaking??? I would love to have either of these setting as the center piece to our dessert table this Memorial Day weekend, when we always have our family reunion to really add to the festivities. I love them both but I have to say the American Dreams is my favorite of the two.

Buy It:
To purchase either of the beautiful and festive arrangements mentioned above and many more beautiful arrangements visit the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM website to find the perfect gift or addition to your table this summer!

Win It:
1-800-FLOWERS.COM has offered one of my lucky readers an American Dreams arrangement (ARV $59.99) to help celebrate this coming weekend!

Mandatory Entry: Visit 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and tell me what Memorial Day means to you and your family! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” 1-800-FLOWERS.COM on Facebook

6. Follow 1-800-FLOWERS.COM on Twitter

Giveaway ends May 25, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did not receive either of the arrangements mentioned above complementary for this review. Nor was monetary compensation was received.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Retro Planet Review and Giveaway



I don’t know about all of you guys and gals but I for one love anything to do with retro! I especially love anything related to retro cartoons!!! Well I’ve got a bit of a treat for all of you retro lovers who read my blog…I was recently able to join up with Retro Planet for a review and of course we can’t forget about all my lovely reader an awesome giveaway!! As soon as I had a few spare minutes to surf around their selection, I immediately fell in love with all the awesome products they have available!

About Retro Planet (taken from website):

Our mission, our goal, our passion is to provide people all over the world with a great selection of cool retro products at excellent prices, an easy-to-use secure and informative web site and outstanding customer service.

From our retro decorated office and warehouse in Nashua, NH., the employees of Retroplanet.com work everyday to complete our mission.

Thanks for visiting us and if you are considering purchasing some retro products online we ask that you give us a chance, we won’t let you down.

Our Thoughts:

I was given a gift certificate to do a little bit of shopping at RetroPlanet.com and I can’t tell you how excited I was to even get started! Since my blog is obviously cartoon related it was only right for me to choose a product that was relevant to blog, after lots of searching I finally decided to choose the Popeye Characters Flexible Figure Set (pictured above). I chose this item for several reasons the first being I loved Popeye when I was a kid and I figured “Bug” would enjoy playing with these, and of course I was right!

Shopping at RetroPlanet.com was so easy and the selection is amazing! I have done a lot of shopping online over the past few years and I have to admit that my experience at RetroPlanet was one of the most pleasant and enjoyable shopping experiences I’ve ever had! To start with they have well over 6,000 products to choose from so the selection as you can imagine is awesome! But I also know what your thinking….that’s an awful lot of items to go through to find the perfect gift or item for yourself….well they help you with that too, they have a really nifty little search bar at the top of their homepage that allows you to type in the keywords or items you are searching for and it pulls them right up…..easy peasy!

And I bet your wondering about the checkout and shipping process huh? Well of course you are…these are also super simple and shipping is lighting fast. After making my decision on the item I wanted to order, it arrived within 7-10 days of my order. My item arrived packed securely and in perfect order! I could not be happier with my entire experience!

Bottom Line:

I could not be more pleased with the customer service and shopping experience with RetroPlanet.com!! Their selection is amazing with way to many products to list in the amount of time and space I have available. I have now found the perfect place to get all the cool retro gifts I know my friends and family will love!

If you are looking for a relaxing, and super online shopping experience I highly recommend shopping at RetroPlanet.com!

Buy It:

To purchase the Popeye Characters Flexible Figure Set mentioned above and many more products visit the RetroPlanet.com!

Win It:

RetroPlanet has offered one of my super lucky readers a $25 gift certificate to spend any way they like at RetroPlanet.com!

Mandatory Entry: Visit RetroPlanet.com and tell me what one product you would like to have! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to RetroPlanet.com be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” RetroPlanet on Facebook

6. Follow RetroPlanet on Twitter

Giveaway ends May 30, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive a gift certificate to RetroPlanet.com mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Giveaway Winners!!!

Good Afternoon all! I have been busy picking winners this afternoon and just want to say congratulations to the following readers who won this week so far!!! Without further a due…..the winners are:

Potty Tots Training Kit goes to lucky comment #41 Liz

Lock+Med Small Lock Box goes to lucky comment #6 Heather

8th Continent Soymilk coupons and swag goes to the 5 lucky winners:
Comment #22 Cindy
Comment #13 Amber
Comment #20 sksweeps
Comment #53 Gianna
Comment #44 turq

ECOzip Storage Bags go to lucky comment #7 Heinz mom at hotmail dot com

Congrats to all the lucky winners, I have sent each of you an e-mail and you have 48hrs to respond or another winner will be chosen (we hate doing this but it has to be done).

Dinosaur Train Celebrates Trains in May Review and Giveaway

I have to apologize for not getting this post up sooner, but I have been totally swamped the last few weeks and trying to play catch-up! I really wanted to have this post up before May 7th, in time for all you Dinosaur Train fans out there to catch the new episode that made it’s premier on May 7th. The new episode includes two 11-minute animated segments with live-action sequences featuring a paleontologist who brings to life the show's natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers. In “Junior Conductor Jamboree,” Buddy and his family ride the Dinosaur Train from one end of the line to the other and visit all three time periods--from the Cretaceous, through the Jurassic, to the Triassic. In “Troodon Train Day,” the Pteranodon family rides to Troodon Town to celebrate Troodon Train Day, where the main event is a concert by King Cryolophosaurus, giving his first performance in years!

Again guys and gals I’m totally sorry I didn’t give you the heads up but I’m sure if you keep checking your local PBS stations you will be able to catch it soon :)!

About Dinosaur Train:

In “Dinosaur Train,” young viewers join Buddy the T. rex and his adoptive family of Pteranodons on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs, and it has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way. DINOSAUR TRAIN is a Parents’ Choice Recommended TV series, and its accompanying website received a Parents’ Choice Silver Award and a prestigious 2010 Prix Jeunesse Award. PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain welcomes more than 2.4 million visits each month, offering engaging content designed to continue dinosaur exploration beyond the television series, including printables, games, and a dinosaur field guide. Parents, caregivers and educators can find resources and activities to extend the series learning at PBS Parents and PBS Teachers.

DINOSAUR TRAIN, created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), is produced by The Jim Henson Company, and co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Animation, with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority. UK production and financial support is provided by Ingenious Media. The series is executive produced by Lisa Henson, Brian Henson, Halle Stanford and Craig Bartlett.

About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. More than 21 million children watch PBS KIDS on TV, and more than 21 million engage with PBS KIDS online each quarter. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom. Follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Our Thoughts:

When we were asked to do a review and giveaway featuring Dinosaur Train and them celebrating trains all month of May, I just couldn’t pass it up! We were sent an advanced copy of the episode that aired on May 7th. First off in case you haven’t gotten to see the episodes yet, I totally recommend trying to catch them on PBS, in the near future, in line with typical Dinosaur Train fashion not only does our favorite Pteranodon family entertain the children with fun adventures but they are chocked full of wonderful information!

“Bug” immediately had to watch the new episodes we were sent while playing with the Dinosaur Train Collectible Train Car with Buddy, we were also sent. He loved the episode and has since watched it over and over. It’s one of his favorite bedtime shows. The Dinosaur Train Collectible Train Car with Buddy, is super cute and I love that since “Bug” got the actual Dinosaur Train Set with tracks for his birthday this year he can simply hook Buddy’s train car up to the train and he has even more to play with. The little Buddy figure sets perfectly in his cute little orange car and rides well on the train tracks. Not to mention that Buddy looks exactly like Buddy on the TV show!


Bottom Line:

Once again Jim Henson and PBS has brought us Dinosaur Train fans an amazing episode full of adventure and learning! And if you haven’t yet got to check out the new episode, it is a definite must see for all Dinosaur Train fans!

In addition to the television series, there is also a “Dinosaur Train” interactive website at PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain. Children can join Buddy, Tiny and all their friends as they discover natural history and the science of paleontology through fun games and activities. During the month of May, the website will celebrate trains with a special themed homepage and new fun printable activities. Kids can also play the online game “All Aboard!” to become a Jr. Conductor on the Dinosaur Train!
Buy It:
To purchase the Dinosaur Train Collectible Train Car with Buddy visit your local store where all Dinosaur Train products are sold!

Win It:
I have a Dinosaur Train Collectible Train Car with Buddy to giveaway to one lucky Dinosaur Train fan (ARV $6.99)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Dinosaur Train on PBS and tell me your little one‘s favorite character! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Dinosaur Train be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” PBS Kids on Facebook

6. Follow PBS Kids on Twitter


Giveaway ends May 30, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the DVD episode and Dinosaur Train Collectible Train Car with Buddy mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Freschetta By the Slice Review and Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FRESCHETTA®. All opinions are 100% mine.


We love pizza at our house, generally we will order out at least once a week. That is all great and well but there are times that either I want pizza, my husband wants pizza or “Bug” wants pizza when the rest of us don’t or the other and most often one of us wants pizza while the others had already had a snack and is no longer hungry. Well recently we were introduced to FRESCHETTA® By the Slice to review and I must say it’s made each of us having pizza anytime we want it much easier!

About Freschetta By the Slice (taken from FRESCHETTA® By the Slice):

FRESCHETTA® By The Slice – One Perfect Slice of Pizza
The fresh taste you love in FRESCHETTA® pizza is now available in FRESCHETTA® By The Slice. A single slice cut from a whole pizza, FRESCHETTA® By The Slice delivers one perfect slice of pizza in minutes with the same premium ingredients and oven-baked taste right out of the microwave.


Our Thoughts:


We were sent a coupon good for a free Freschetta By the Slice of our choice as well as a Freschetta 6 piece storage set to review and I can tell you I was excited to get shopping and choose a new Freschetta By the Slice to review. I was able to choose from BBQ Recipe Chicken, Vegetable Medley, Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom and Six Cheese Medley. Now as you can imagine it was a very tuff decision to choose only one so we use our coupon and purchased the Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom but then “Bug” decided he wanted the Six Cheese Medley and my husband decided he wanted to try the BBQ Recipe Chicken, so we ended up getting all three!

We decided to try out Freschetta By the Slice pizza for lunch one busy Sunday afternoon and I can’t stress enough at how extremely easy these are to prepare, simply put them in the microwave for a few minuets and you have an amazing slice of pizza! Each of the flavors we tried were delicious and best of all we didn’t have to order a whole pizza, it’s wonderful that each of us can have our favorite pizza flavor without spending a fortune on three different pizzas!
Freschetta By the Slice pizza come in a slice that is large enough it only takes one to fill me up and to me that‘s number one when buying pizza by the slice. I will admit that I generally don’t like frozen pizzas, I prefer to order then from a pizzeria but I have to say I am very impressed at the flavor and quality of Freschetta By the Slice. Each slice we have tried has been full of flavor and the toppings were also fresh, and not to mention the crust is just the way we like it, not soggy like other frozen pizzas we have tried but nice and crispy!

Bottom Line:
We LOVE Freschetta By the Slice! We have purchased it several times since initially trying our free sample and I can guarantee that we will be keeping them on hand for a quick and delicious lunch this summer!

Next time you head to your favorite grocery store, I totally recommend picking up a Freschetta By the Slice and experience the easy and deliciousness for yourselves!

Buy It:
To purchase Freschetta By the Slice visit your favorite grocery store!

Win It:
Freschetta has offered one of my lucky readers a coupon for a free Freschetta By the Slice and a set of 3 storage bowls with lids!


Mandatory Entry: Visit  FRESCHETTA® By the Slice and tell me what flavor you would like to try! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @
sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to FRESCHETTA® By the Slice and  this post and to be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)


5. Follow Freschetta on Twitter

6. “Like” Freschetta on Facebook

Giveaway ends May 26, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Freschetta By the Slice coupon and storage set mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

  
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Kiss & Broadway Nail Art Review and Giveaway


I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared my love of both Kiss and Broadway Nail products, but I do truly love their products! As a super busy college student and mom of a very active 3year old I don’t have the time nor the extra cash to run to the nail salon every time I want an amazing manicure or pedicure so thankfully I’ve discovered Kiss and Broadway Nails! I have shown you some of their awesome nails over the last years, their hot summer nails last summer and their fabulously freighting Halloween inspired nails last a Halloween, well they are back with some amazing, fun new products that will be sure to get your hands and feet summer ready!

About Kiss and Broadway Nails (taken from website):

Kiss is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of professional quality nail products. The company originated in the lucrative beauty supply market. As the popularity of the products soared, distribution was quickly expanded to the mass-market arena from Walgreens to WalMart. Capitalizing on this success, Kiss became the first company to bring quality, professional nail care directly to the consumer, creating easy-to-use, all-in-one kits so she can achieve Salon Results at home. Today, the Kiss line of products has expanded to include nail care, nail jewelry, nail art, and manicure & pedicure tools. Each of these quality products originated from Kiss's innovative thinking and vast salon experience.

To attract an untapped segment of the nail-care market, Kiss launched a second brand called Broadway Nails. This revolutionary brand was the first to allow women to achieve salon-like manicures at home, quickly and easily. All kits contain easy, glue-on, full cover nails that make getting a salon-like manicure at home easy for any consumer.

Kiss’ success expanded around the globe as more and more retailers found the innovation and quality offered was like no other brand. Retailers like Boots UK, Sephora France, AS Watson Hong Kong and London Drugs in Canada continue to drive growth. Today, Kiss and Broadway Nails brands are available in over 90 countries worldwide.

To maintain its leadership position, Kiss continues to study the needs of its diverse, global consumers. Understanding her needs and desires for quality innovative products that are relevant to her lifestyle is key. Kiss and Broadway Nails products continue to rank highest in sales and consumer satisfaction.

Kiss Products Inc. is located in New York just 20 miles outside of New York City on the exclusive north shore of Long Island. A diverse workforce with a multitude of talent and energy work to deliver top selling products at the best possible quality and value.

My Thoughts:

I was sent a fabulous assortment of products from the new Kiss and Broadway nails product lines and I can’t tell you how excited I was and couldn’t wait to try them out. I was also invited to a very nice webinar to see exactly how to use each of the products I was sent and to be quite honest it was so very helpful and made trying the products that much easier.

The products I was sent was: a set of Fine Art Pens, two of Broadway Nail Dress, one sticker set and one Paint set with beautiful spring colors! After the webinar I immediately set to making my nails look pretty. The only problem was that I had just went to the nail salon and had my fingernails done in French tip, so I decided to see what the nail dresses would look like on my toes. Now anyone who knows me knows that I very seldom ever where actual shoes during the spring/summer its sandals and flip flops all the way!

I tried the leopard nail dresses first, I’ve never used a nail dress before so I was a little nervous on how to use them and if they would last. Short answer they were so easy to apply and lasted for weeks, I actually had to remove them myself! Now the nail dress is made for fingernails but the work great on toenails as well…..have a look at my before and after of my toes here:



I love the Nail Dress, I was able to get a beautiful one of a kind pedicure on my feet in less than 20 min in the comfort of my own home, and without having to spend a dime in the nail salon! Can’t beat that!! Best of all they help up great, in the tanning bed, shower and even the massive rain storms we had last month, I ended up having to peel them off myself. I love that they didn’t chip or try to come off themselves. I couldn’t believe they would stick on and stay there so long and removal was easy as well I just simply peeled them off my toes and was ready to paint or apply a new Nail Dress.

After I tried the Nail Dress I decide to get creative on my nails with the Fine Art Pens, they came in black and white, which is perfect for our school colors and I have been attending a lot of baseball and softball games at the school so my cousin and I decided to do the softball girl’s nails with the pens writing Go Pirates along their nails in white and black. They really did turn out so cute, I wish I had snapped a picture! These pens are so easy to use and make drawing and writing on even the smallest nail so easy and best of all it didn’t smudge!

I finally got to try the nail paints and stickers and it did not surprise me that they were both amazing products! For Easter since the paints were pastel pink, blue and green my sister and I painted our nails like Easter Eggs, again I would have loved to have a picture but didn’t think about it until it was too late!


Bottom Line:

Kiss and Broadway Nails have done it again! They never fail to amaze me with the super easy and convenient products they come up with. I can now have a fresh pedicure and manicure I can do in the comfort of my own home and for more than half less than spending the afternoon in the nail salon. With Kiss and Broadway you can be guaranteed if you follow the directions and take your time your nails are going to look fabulous for any occasion!

If you are looking for fun and easy ways to spruce up your spring/summer look with your nails I totally recommend the products available from Kiss and Broadway Nails, and I’m sure if you keep an eye out there are more awesome and unbelievable products coming soon!

Buy It:
To purchase any of the Kiss or Broadway Nails products mentioned above and so many others visit your local retailers that sell Kiss and Broadway!

Win It:
Kiss/Broadway Nails has very generously offered one of my extremely lucky readers a Nail Art Prize Package that includes: one set of Fine Art Pens, one Nail Dress, one sticker set and one Paint set (may very from the below picture) (ARV $25.00)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Kiss or Broadway Nails and tell me another product you would like to experiment with! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

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Giveaway ends May 26, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Kiss and Broadway Nail products mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Busy with Bugs Review and Giveaway




As you all are very much aware, spring is in full swing with summer just right around the corner and with spring and summer comes bugs….bugs of all kinds….and I’m not talking about my little “Bug”, but as you can probably tell by his nickname my little man is really interested in bugs and anything related to them. My husband and I try to find all the products and activity books around that helps teach “Bug” about bugs and the fun activities he can do with them. Recently we were offered the opportunity to review a wonderful book: “Busy with Bugs” by Toni Albert and Illustrated by Margaret Brandt, and of course we were more than happy to say of course!

About Busy with Bugs (taken from website):

Bug Adventures for Young Scientists!

Description: Busy with Bugs provides an ant hill of activity for kids who love bugs and bug adventures. The book buzzes with practical how-to information, fun facts, and 160 exciting hands-on-bugs activities.

You'll find:
  • Field guide information
  • How to care for bugs and keep them as pets
  • How to make amazing discoveries by doing 160 activities with bugs
  • Stunning art in butterfly colors
  • Silly "Bug Giggles"
  • Fascinating "Bug Buzz" with surprising bug facts
  • Glossary, index, resource list, and guide to keeping bugs

Packed with Activities! Kids can:
  • Build seven different bug traps, including a Potato Trap
  • Estimate the temperature of the air by listening to a cricket's chirp
  • Plan a Grasshopper Field Day with friends
  • Talk to fireflies with a penlight
  • Plant a butterfly garden — or a caterpillar garden
  • Watch a millipede clean its feet
  • Collect a spider web
  • Find out if aphids prefer the color yellow

Busy with Bugs has stunning art in butterfly colors by illustrator, Margaret Brandt. Illustrations are carefully researched to be accurate representations of insects and bugs to help children identify them in the field. Every illustration is meticulously labeled.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent a copy of Busy with Bugs to review and it arrived at our door quickly and as soon as it was taken out of the package “Bug” immediately claimed it as his own! I know that first day we spent a good hour and a half looking over all the beautifully illustrated pictures and spot reading about some of his favorite insects like lady bugs and some of his least favorite like the spiders!

He absolutely loves this book and there is hardly a day that goes by that he does not sit down and take time out to look over the book and decide which activity he is going to do first once the weather gets right for the bugs to start coming out and luckily the last couple of weeks the bugs have become very plentiful around here.

I love this book because it is set up so perfectly for any little bug lover. First off I have to brag about the very beginning of the book where it explains how to make traps and how to care for your new “pets”. For example here is just one of the many traps the book shows little ones how to make:

Make a Fly-Right-In Bug Trap to catch flying bugs.

Put bits of fruit in a wide-mouth jar, or at night, put a glow stick in a jar to catch bugs that are attracted to light. Place a funnel in the jar with the small end of the funnel pointing down. Then when bugs fly in, they won't be able to get out again. Observe them carefully, then release them.

As you can see from the above this trap like all the others are very simple to put together and all you need is simple household items you should have lying around anyways!

Also the book includes a section of field notes for the little explores, now since “Bug” is only 3 its up to me and daddy to fill it out but he sure has had a wonderful time looking for the bugs and helping measure them. Over all this book has really gave us a fun family activity that we can do without even leaving our own back yard!

Bottom Line: Not only is this book full of beautiful illustrations but it has tons of great information on various bugs that your little ones may come in contact with, along with so many wonderful activities they can do to learn even more about the little critters! Also this book makes a wonderful and super fun activity that the whole family can enjoy all while enjoying the outdoors!

We completely recommend everyone to pick up a copy of Busy with Bugs, not only will it make a fun family activity but it would also make a wonderful addition to any classroom! Busy with Bugs get kiddos up and outside and educates them all at the same time!! What’s better than that?

Buy It:  To purchase Busy with Bugs visit Trickle Creek Books website!

Win It: Toni, has so generously offered to give one of my lucky readers their very own copy of Busy with Bugs (ARV $15.95) so that you and your little one’s can have your own bug adventures!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Trickle Creek Books and tell me why you would like to win! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (2 extra)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to “Busy with Bugs” be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)


Giveaway ends May 24, 2011 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Busy with Bugs book mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.