Monday, November 30, 2009

Saving Time and Money This Holiday Season?

I know I am! I am very frugal I guess you say when it comes to the holidays. Learning from years past, I know that kids do not NEED anything except to know what the season is all about. Now that does not stop Santa from visiting, but it does make my family closer. Staples and TwitterMoms have teamed about to ask How are you saving time and money this Holiday Season?
Here are the ways I save money during the Holidays:
1. Shop for your meal items early. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have restocked my pantry and freezer with items I will need for the all the fun of the Christmas season. I bought everything on sale. The turkey, the ham, green beans, fried onions, cream of mushroom soup, corn, stuffing, items to make our Christmas cookies, items to make our Christmas candy, and items needed to bake our bread and Cinnamon rolls.

2. Get away from name brands. Don't get me wrong I support all brands, but during the holidays when money is a little tighter, I tend to lean more to the store brands. Saving a few cents here and there really add up.

3. Make ahead meals and sides. Go through your traditional foods and look to see what items you can make up ahead of time. Mashed potatoes, squash, Cinnamon rolls, etc. Doing this will save you from not only forgetting an items on the Holiday itself, but also save you time in the kitchen.

4. Storage Containers: Don't forget to have enough containers to store any left overs. My son had to run down to my neighbors house to grab some tin foil, since I had forgotten to pick some up.

5. For presents I really believe that a well thought out gift that costs little is better than the most expensive present. Gifts which are thought out tend to actually be used. This year for instance, all 5 of my nieces are getting a purse made by me and my nephew is getting a sports tote, again made by me. In the end that is 6 gifts for under 20 bucks. Parents, Grandparents, siblings, and a few others will be receiving photo calenders. For all of our giving gifts, as the kids call them, we spent under 100 dollars for about 30 gifts. Not too bad in my eyes and everyone will appreciate their gifts.

6. Make a list: It is very important to start by making a list. list everyone you want to by for, including those you just want to send a card to. Next to their name, list ideas, likes, and dislikes for this person. Even if it will be only a lovely card sent, these likes and dislikes will come out with whatever card you choose.

7. Pre-packaged cards: A box of cards can save you quite a bit and can still be received as a well thought out gift. Take a colored pen or marker and add in a lovely note or some pictures. Did you have family pictures taken? Add one in to the card.

Ways I save time during the Holidays:

1. Like stated above I save a lot of time by baking and cooking early. I start out by making a list, see a list writing trend yet? HaHa On this list I include every item that will be on our table, not only for Christmas but I also include dinners for the month of December. Right now placed next to the turkey and dishes of enchiladas, lasagna, and baked ziti. Candy, pies, bread, cookies, and normal dinner items are listed. I make as much as I can ahead of time. Really when I make up 2-3 dishes of baked Ziti instead of 1, no extra time is used, but I end up having 1 dish in the oven and 1 or 2 in the freezer.

2. Have a plan: Always have a plan for every activity the Holiday season brings. Baking cookies; take a whole weekend and dedicate it to just that. Mix up your dough one day, bake the next, and on the last day decorate. Do all of this with fun holiday music playing as it will make the time seem to fly by.

3. Just like the baking, it is best to have a plan with your gift buying, gift making, and gift sending. I have found that if I look at my list (there is that list again) and cross off items as needed, I stay right on task. Take this week for example, I will be making up all the purses and the sports tote. So my list for this week is to sew one color a day. Starting tonight with pink and blue tomorrow and so on. This way I not only get items done, but I am also not taking a whole weekend doing nothing but sewing.

My top gift ideas:

1. Photo calendar: Not only are these very useful, those who receive them love to flip to see what picture the next month holds.

2. Reusable bags or totes: This list includes shopping bags, library bags, sports bags, purses, etc. Think of what you could put together, a library bag complete with a blank book list, book marks, notepad, and nice pen all wrapped up in the bag.

3. Gift baskets: I absolutely love gift baskets, gift bags, and the like. There are so many different ways to put together a gift basket. Not only can you do this inexpensively, you can put the most thought into it. If someone you know has had a bad year, you can put together a stress basket including, items to take a nice bath, a candle with a relaxing scent, maybe a good book, and possibly a journal with a pen.

Here is the question: What ways to you save time and money during the Holiday Season? Don't forget to check out Staples for more ideas on ways to save.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just need to get this out!!

I may just be in shock, who knows. I was watching ABC Family with my kids and Reebok's new commercial came on. OMG!!! I had to turn the channel, soooo not family friendly. I just lost ALL respect for the Reebok Company. That commercial NEEDS to be taken off the TV.

Luckily my children are not repeating the slogan, but I am sure there are some kids that picked up on it. I am grreatly dissappointed in the Reebok name at this time.

I need to add Gap to this list. Do they really think that having children pointing to ones behind is appropriate? Seriously! Just have the kids point to the person wearing the sweater and not the behind of someone just because they happen to have the sweater around their waist.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Another Winner!!!

The winner of the set of children's books from Pretty Please Press is......Comment number 3.

#3 J. L. W. said...
I learned that Pretty Please Press has some great titles on character building and values. I think its great that this publishing company offers books to open up dialogue between parents and their kids. I'm now following you from www.thepracticalmomguide.blogspot.com

November 15, 2009 2:44 AM

Congrats!! I will be emailing the winner shortly.

Thank You all who entered!!

And The Winners Are...

The winners of my Permission Slips giveaway are: Comment numbers 1,3,and 4!!

#1 CityGirl GoneCountry said...
She is amazing...I love watching her as an actress, funny as a comidean and the view she was fantastic...Now a book...Oh I can't wait to read it.....
My permission slip would have to say
"Please give me Permission to take a vacation on a quiet island somewhere so i can read my book "Permission Slips"
my email is joannareynolds@ymail.com
Please enter me into this giveaway:))
Thanks for stopping by my page as well.....Have a blessed day!

November 19, 2009 1:08 PM

#3 Summer said...
My permission slip would say "Summer has permission to actually enjoy a day off and treat herself to a spa day" :-)

November 22, 2009 11:29 AM

#4 Tracy DeLuca said...
My permission Slip would allow me to make mistakes in grammar without my hubby pointing them out! And it would also allow me to take a bath, go to the bathroom and dress without two little boys feeling it necessary to watch me....

November 23, 2009 5:42 PM

Thank You all who entered.. I will be sending out emails shortly.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Carolina Pad, Ghostline 13th Birthday Celebration

Carolina Pad's Ghostline turns 13. I really wish they had this product available when I was in school, it would have made many of my school projects easier. I now know what I was missing in school, because Ghostline was not around I had to use a ruler (sometimes a yard stick) and a pencil to try to make my words as straight as I could get them. Usually a project required a really good eraser and two or three tries before I either got it straight or just gave up and left it as is.

What is the Ghostline?: Ghostline products have lines on them, which you can only see up close. I love it!! It is amazing to see poster board with pre-printed grid lines, so you can keep everything straight.
As soon as we received the package of products, I could see my two oldest children's minds start working. They had so many ideas. In the end they each decided on two projects.

My 6 year old daughter decided on making a new chore chart using the nice bright pink poster board. Since being able to make her own chart, she has not missed a day. The next project she wanted to do was to make a chart of her favorite things. She used the tri-fold board for this project.



My 8 year old also made a chore chart, but he used the orange poster board for his. The second project he did was for Cub Scouts. He had to pick a state and tell the state bird, the state tree, and the state flower. This was easily done with the poster board, some pictures, markers, and a little glue.



They loved that the lines were there. They both said it made it easier for them to make their projects nice and neat. We are a home school family and we do many projects around here. I think I will forever have Ghostline products in stock. No more plain boring poster board in this house.

In honor of Ghostline's 13th birthday, Carolina Pad is running a contest. The contest is called Lucky 13 Birthday Contest! They want to know why YOU love these products! In this contest there will be 13, yes 13 winners. What is the prize? Well 13 lucky classrooms will get a whole years supply of Ghostline products worth about $500. Is that not just amazing!! The contest ends November 30th so hurry up and go here to enter.

Thank You to Carolina Pad for allowing me to review what I call miracle products.

I received the products free of charge to do my review and also information about the contest. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions stated above are mine and my children's own and we know not everyone will agree.

and the Winner is..

The winner of the Lenox wine glasses is:#9
Pricilla said...
I follow lenox on twitter where I am brokenteepee
thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

November 22, 2009 12:38 PM

I used random.org and put in 1 for the beginning number and 17 for for the ending number. Random.org chose #9.

Congrats Pricilla, i will be emailing you shortly!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What are Your 5 Favorite Holiday Activities to do with Your Kids?

To celebrate the premiere of Dora’s Christmas Carol, Nickelodeon and TwitterMoms want to hear your favorite holiday activities that you like to do with your kids! For your chance to win a $100 gift card go Here and check it out.

Around my house, we absolutely LOVE the Holiday season. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is full of fun activities. Here is a list of my top 5 activities that I love to do with my kids.
I can almost call these traditions (maybe in another year or so).
1) The weekend after Thanksgiving the kids and I listen to Holiday music and put the tree up. While doing this my house is filled with so much laughter. Normally my oldest (who is 8) does some crazy things and makes all of us about fall over with tears running down our faces because we are laughing so hard at and with him. Last year, he pretended to be "the tree" and wrapped himself up with lights (I did not let him plug himself in) and made such goofy faces that you could not help but start to laugh.
2) After the tree is up and decorated, which can take All day, we start baking cookies usually on the Monday or Tuesday following. The kids all help with making my kitchen a beautiful mess. We make all the dough, play outside while the dough is chilling, roll it out, cut it in wonderful shapes, and bake up our 5-8 dozen cookies. And yes the Holiday music is playing the whole time.
3) The next day, after I get the kitchen all cleaned up, we set the table with bowls of colored frosting and every type of sprinkle we can find. We turn the music on again and we all get to work decorating our creations from the prior day. This year Daddy will be able to join in the decorating fun.
4) On Christmas Eve, We all get bundled up in our warmest PJs and we drive around looking at the magic of the season. That is what my now 6 year old has called going to look at the lights for the past 2 years. I think she gets that from me as the lights that others take the time and energy to put up can sometimes simply amaze me. Once we are back home, I make us all a big cup of hot chocolate, can't forget the little white thingys that go on top. While drinking our hot chocolate I read "Twas the night before Christmas".
5) Christmas morning is the most chaotic, most anticipated, and most wonderful day for me. We always have a big breakfast while waiting for Daddy to wake up (when he is home). This also gives them energy to open all the goodness Santa has brought them. After breakfast we all go with coffee in hand to wake up Daddy. Then the smiles, laughing, and fun really start. After presents we do a light lunch and a big (no matter how many are here in the house) Dinner.

We do a few more things within the Holiday season but the 5 above are my favorites. The smiles on my children's faces are priceless. We listen to the wonderful music during every activity.


I want to know, so before you head over to TwitterMoms, leave a comment telling me one of your favorite things to do with your children. No kids, then let me know your favorite thing about the Holiday season.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Certain Dri Review and Givaway!!


Certain Dri Solid Anti-Perspirant is such a wonderful product. I enlisted my friends help for this review. She has tried the Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant Roll-on and was very interested in the Solid.
What she said: The Solid is much more convenient than the Roll-on while still offering the great protection of a Certain Dri product.
More about Certain Dri Anti Perspirant: Certain Dri Anti Perspirant has been the leading, dermatologist-recommended product for controlling excessive underarm perspiration for more than three decades. That is a wonderful record!! The new solid is the strongest, providing up to 72 hours of protection and available over-the-counter at stores nation wide.
Buy it!!: Certain Dri Solid is available for $5.50 -$5.99 in supermarkets, mass market retail, and drug stores nation wide.

Win It!!! One of my lucky readers can win 1 container of Certain Dri Solid.
Here's How: Go to Certain Dri and come back and tell me something you learned. Remember to leave your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. Giveaway ends 11/30

Thank You to Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc. for allowing me to review this product.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I was sent the product to review free of charge. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The above opinions are my own and I understand not everyone will agree with me.

Stocking Stuffer Idea!! Soft Lips Review and Giveaway!!



Are you looking for a little something to have Santa add to those stockings? SoftLips lip balm comes in little cute tubes perfect for tossing in a stocking, purse, or pocket. I had the opportunity to try out a few different types.



As soon as I opened the box (which I really should not do surrounded by the kidlets) my 2 oldest listened as I read off the names and each took possession of a package. Blake didn't want anything too crazy, so he chose cherry and Natalee who LOVES lip balm went for the sugar plum berry. Now just for some info, we live in El Paso Texas and it is always dry here (even when it rains) so we constantly have lip balm on. SoftLips did not let us down and not one of us had any dry cracked lips.


SoftLips has a Winter limited edition line out right now. The lip balms in this line have SPF 20 lip protectant/sunscreen and come in some really great flavors. They also come in 2 packs which is so convenient. I was able to try the Vanilla, Winter Mint, Cherry (my son's favorite), Sugar Cookie (before my daughter snagged it), Sugar and Spice, and Sugar Plum Berry(my daughters' favorite). All of them are wonderful and have just the right amount of scent. Softlips Lip Balm with SPF 20 offers superb coverage and protection from the environmental elements (such as the wind here in El Paso), as well as a healthy sheen without the heavy waxiness or stickiness of traditional lip balms.

The second line I was able to try is the PURE line, which is Organic and again just amazing. I was able to try peppermint (my favorite), papaya, chai tea, honeydew, acai berry, and pomegranate. SoftLips PURE is the line of premium organic lip conditioners designed with skin-conditioning ingredients to help keep lips soft, supple, and healthy. Softlips PURE is USDA-certified organic and 100% natural. It also contains no animal by-products and is not tested on animals.

How to buy: Ranging from $2.99 to $3.99 Most flavors are available at your local Target, Walgreens, and many other stores.

The Giveaway!! One very lucky reader will win either the 4 limited edition Winter Flavors or the PURE Flavor set, your choice!!
How to enter: Go to SoftLips and have a look around, come back and tell me which of the flavors you would love to try. Make sure you let me know which Flavors you would want, either the Winter Flavors or PURE Flavors, if you won. As always please make sure to leave your email address, so I have a way to get in touch with you if you are the winner.
Giveaway ends 11/30
Good Luck!!

Thank You to Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc. for allowing me the opportunity to review the wonderful lip balm.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I was given the product to review free of charge, no other compensation was offered or accepted. All the above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Friday, November 20, 2009

For the love of Thomas!!


Dustin has found a new friend and his name is Thomas or train or choo choo. HaHa I walked into the living room a little bit ago to find the above picture. I have to give a shout out to the creators of Thomas and his friends. Dustin is on the autism spectrum and Thomas along with his friends have kept D a little calmer. Recently some of Thomas' friends came with us to Pizza Hut. As long as Dustin had a train in one hand, he would eat with the other. I was a proud mommy.

Some people look at him crazy while he is running the trains along the edge of the table and repeating "choo choo" over and over, but you know what I don't care what others think anymore. We have to learn to adapt to any situation that may present itself and I am extremely happy that my son has found a love for Thomas and all his friends.

Believe it or not but even other Thomas and friends products help Dustin. I went out and bought him a pair of Thomas Pjs to wear during his time with a babysitter (which doesn't happen often) I believe just wearing them helped him get through the few hours.
When people come over to my house they can expect that a Thomas DVD will be in the DVD player at all times, they will also find trains in every room, and I can't forget the sounds they will here. (Choo Choo)

There are so many different friends for Thomas. Take a look and buy a few for a child in your life. HitHopUSAThere you can also find DVDs, Books, and so many other useful Thomas products.

You can also find Thomas items at your local, Walmart, Target, and other fine stores.

This was not a review persay, just my observation of what is going on in my own house.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Permission Slips Review and Giveaway!!


Sherri Shepherd goes author!! You most likely have watched her as a Stand-Up Comedian, watched her as a film, and of coarse television actress and Not to mention you must have seen her as a co-host for The View. Now you can read her hilarious and painfully honest memoir. Seriously, Permission Slips is an amazing book!!

In this book Sherri shares her struggles, triumphs, and everything she has learned along the way. Have you ever felt guilt about missing an event, a phone call, or just running out of time in your day, well brush that guilt away; Sherri will save the day by letting you or rather telling you how to write yourself a permission slip. Just like in school when you were late and had to go get a slip from the office, you can give yourself permission to miss that phone call, be late for a not so important meeting, or even permission to take a much needed long relaxing bath.

I cannot list just one favorite part of this book, but the sections that stand out for me and had me nodding my head in agreement the most are labeled Family, Mom, and Finally, a "good guy". Just think those are all in the beginning of the book and there are so many other places in this book that I could list.

So who wants a copy of this wonderfully amazing book? I have 3, count them 3 copies to give away to some very lucky readers from Hachette Book Group.

What do you need your permission slip to say? Let me know in a comment to enter this giveaway. Oh and don't forget to leave your email address in your comment also. I would not want to not have a way to contact you if you win. This giveaway will close on 11/25. Good Luck!!

Thank You to Hachette Book Group for providing me with the book to review and for allowing me to offer 3 of my readers to enjoy this book.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I was provided the book free of charge to review, no other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions stated above are my own and I do not expect everyone to agree.

It actually is the little things...

This past couple of weeks I have learned that, that old saying It's the little things in life that make a difference holds true.
The smile upon the baby's face when he is starving and has a full yucky diaper melts my heart. It is like he is on a schedule and every morning I am presented with a hungry baby, who is slowly stinking up the room, but with this full bright gummy smile on his face.
The white board that is now hanging in the dining AKA classroom. I love it!! I can write assignments on there, to do lists, and anything else that the kids need to know. Right now there is a promise written on there. It reads: Natalee is cooking dinner tomorrow night. Yes, my 6 year old wants to cook with just a little help chicken and rice for the family. How sweet is that?!
The bobcat patch; the patch to start all patches in Cub Scouts. It is just a small diamond shaped patch, but boy did it light up my child's face when he was standing in front of his den and was handed his patch.
Thomas the train: My 2 year old's new obsession. I love to watch him interact with the 2 of 5 DVDs that actually work. While watching he sets up his own track and gets all his trains (handed down to him from my 8 year old) and spends continuous hours playing.

Well that is all for today as I have to get my behind to bed. I leave you with this question; What are some of the small things that you have learned?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

O2xygen Balloon Wine Glasses by Lenox Giveaway!!!



As part of the contest on TwitterMoms in which I wrote this post I won a set of wine glasses from Lenox. Lenox which has so many wonderful items on their site to view and to buy has generously offered for one of my readers to win a set of their own. How awesome is that?!?

To enter the giveaway here is what you need to do. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Also be sure to leave your email address in your comment so I can get in touch with you if you win.
1. Head over to Lenox and come back and let me know of another item that you just love.
2. Become a fan of Lenox on face book. Here Leave your email address or facebook id in your comment.
3. Follow Lenox on twitter. Here Leave your twitter id in your comment.

That is not too hard now is it. This giveaway will close on November 24th 2009

Can You Define Yourself With A Scent?

Over at TwitterMoms we were asked a fun question by Downy; If you could define yourself with a scent, what scent would represent you and why?

This was actually quite hard for me since I feel as though I am just your basic everyday type of person. Then it hit me, I am most referred to as Old Fashioned, so what are some old fashioned scents?

To me old fashioned scents come from the kitchen. The wonderful smells coming from the kitchen that bring me back to my childhood. The scents that I came up with are: Cinnamon, apple pie, vanilla, and sugar cookies. Out of those I feel that vanilla is the scent that represents me the most. Vanilla to me in a basic everyday scent and it fits me to a tee.

What scent could define you? Let me know!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Progresso Panko Pack Winner!!!

Thank You all who entered this giveaway. I used random.org to decide the winner. Beginning number 1 and end number 12. The random number chosen was 11.
The winner is:
nynekats said...
I would like to try their canned fava beans. I have never had them but I have paint on my walls called dried fava, so I feel like I should eat some! LOL
Scott

I have emailed the winner and they have 48 hours to reply.

Thank You again for entering this giveaway and Congrats to nynekats

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pretty Please Press, Review and Giveaway


Are you looking for a few books for a child in your life? I was able to review not one but four wonderful books from Pretty Please Press. I will tell a bit about each one, but don’t stop reading because there is a giveaway at the end of this post.

The first book was Kick Block Punch by Jacquie Hann. In this story Sam is a younger child who is taking Karate. He is only a white belt and like any child wants to pass yellow, green, purple, and brown and go straight to a black belt. In the end he does learn that in order to move ahead he must work hard and have patience.
About the author: Jacquie Hann has written and illustrated many children’s books, including the critically acclaimed That Man Is Talking To His Toes, and Up Day Down Day (a Junior Literacy Guild Selection). She teaches children’s book illustration and writing at The New School, holds private workshops, and has lectured extensively throughout the country on the subject of writing and illustrating children’s books. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Jacquie is a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and teaches karate to children. She has a son, Adam, and a daughter, Maya, and lives in New York City with her husband. Everyone in her family has attained the rank of black belt.

The second book was Pynx by Jeffrey Greene. This is such a cute story. Pynx moves into a neighborhood where no one can understand her. Everyone tells her to take her newly hatched babies and go. But then something horrible happens and who saves the day? Yes it was Pynx.
About the author: Jeffrey Greene is a professional artist who began his training at the age of nine with personal instruction by the painter Harry Litchfield. He continued his fine art studies at S.U.N.Y. Binghamton. His illustrated children’s books include Backyard Bear, written by Jim Murphy (selected as a “Pick of the List” book by Publisher’s Weekly); Shadowplay, by Penny Harter; Just My Dad and Me, by Leah Komiko; Red Ribbon, by Sarah Weeks (selected by the Children’s Book Council for a 1995 award in the field of children’s social studies); and The Rain, by Michael Laser. He has taught children’s book writing and illustrating at Parsons School of Design and in private workshops, and has contributed stories and illustrations to many children’s magazines. He lives in New York City.

The next two books are both written by Laura Aimee Garn.
Bella Basset Ballerina is about a basset who after seeing a ballet dreamed of being a dancer. In dog world where Bella lives, only Borzois can dance. Basset Hounds are supposed to stay in the country and work on the farm. What do you think? Can Bella find a way to realize her dreams? This book is wonderfully written and each page makes you want to continue reading.

The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters : From the inside cover; Scritchy sisters Lavinia and Emmeline Twichell squabble constantly, and their parents suffer with a noisy, divided household. When the girls are “discovered” by a creative vaudeville producer, their spectacular fights become entertainment! Stardom seems wonderful –but will growing up spoil their success? This book reminds me of my own childhood and growing up with my older brother. Boy did we squabble!
About the author: Laura Aimee Garn is the founder of Pretty Please Press, Inc., a children’s book company in New York. Aimee’s first job was illustrating a dictionary, and she has worked as a graphic designer, a creative director in the cosmetics and jewelry industries, and as a freelance writer. Her two daughters, Louisa and Emma, inspired “The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters.” Aimee and her husband and daughters live in New York.
I am very thankful to Pretty Please Press for allowing me to review all four of these wonderful books. I think my children and I each have a different favorite.

Buy The Books: Go to Pretty Please Press They have a few specials going on right now. 1. is a 20% discount off the list price for books purchased through Pretty Please Press 2. is a buy 3 get 1 free offer. The offer expires December 31, 2009 so hurry and get yours.

Win The Books: One of my readers will receive all 4 books!!
Go to Pretty Please Press and have a look around, then come back and tell me something that you have learned. That is all you have to do. The giveaway will end on November 25th 2009.
Don’t forget you can also sign up for the newsletter at Pretty Please Press


I want to thank Pretty Please Press for giving me the opportunity to review these books and for letting me offer a set to give a way.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place

I was sent the books to review and the books to offer as a giveaway free of charge. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

And the winner is....

The Winner of my Maupin House giveaway is Tracy DeLuca who said...
What a cool book. The book Before They Read also looks like something I would be interested in!

Congrats!!! I will be emailing you in just a few moments.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Progresso Panko Review and Giveaway!!




Progresso Panko breadcrumbs is like a new twist on bread crumbs.

What makes Panko different?
Panko is made from the soft, tender centers of bread instead of the crust. What you get is a larger, flaky crumb.

I used Panko to make Chicken Parmesan and it turned out wonderful. The breading (chicken dipped in flour, egg, and Panko) turned out such a lovely golden color and the taste, well there is just no words to express how tasty this dish came out. Amazingly enough ALL my children ate this dish and that just never happens in this house.

I recieved a box that contained a box of Panko, a container of chicken broth, a ladle, a slotted spoon, a measuring cup, and the baking dish from MyBlogSpark. Maybe that is why ALL the children were willing to try Panko and proceed to clear their plates as they helped me to open the box when it first arrived.

Available on ProgressoFoods is a coupon for $1.00 off any two Progresso products. At ProgressoBroth you’ll find a coupon for $.50 off a package of broth.


One of my readers can receive the same exact items that I did. Here is how: Visit Progresso Foods, have a look around, and come back and tell me something you learned, a recipe you want to try, or another product you would like to try.

That is it, that is all you have to do. Giveaway ends Friday November 13th.

Good Luck!!

Thank You to MyBlogSpark for the opportunity to review this product. Progresso also provided me with the information, products and giveaway opportunity for one of my readers. I received the above mentioned package in order to do my review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions stated are my own and not everyone will agree.

Kaskey Kids, Sports Guys!!! (promo code)



Remember my review of KaskeyKids Sports Guys. I really think these would make awesome Christmas presents. Just a heads up for my readers. KaskeyKids is offering a special 20% discount. Use the promo code "Holiday" from November 1st to January 1st to get the discount.




Be sure to head over to KaskeyKids and take advantage of this great offer.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Enfant Vision

We as parents know what our children’s favorite foods are, what shoe size they wear (unless like my kids it changes with each style) and what cartoons they like to watch. But, how can we know if they can see correctly?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), vision disorders are the fourth most common disability among children in the United States, yet many vision problems can take years to detect, making treatment more difficult as vital time passes.
In an effort to shed light on some of the more subtle warning signs of vision problems in young children, Diopsys, Inc., developer and marketer of the Enfant Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System, has created an online vision assessment quiz at . The physician-reviewed, informational quiz, which takes only a few minutes to complete, is comprised of multiple-choice questions covering several areas that can “red flag” signs of a potential vision problem in children of various ages, including such actions as the inability to make steady eye contact, or involuntarily covering one eye to see something better.
The new quiz does not take the place of a professional vision examination, but it is there to create awareness of a silent problem.
For more information on the Enfant or to find a pediatrician offering the test near you, visit enfantvision

As someone who wears glasses in order to see, my children's eyesight is very important. I took the quiz for each of them and I now have appts for my 2 oldest. So take the quiz and have your children's eyes checked out if need be, it never hurts for them to get checked out.

Thank You to Laura at Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc for giving me this information to write up a blog post.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
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I received the information about this quiz, no other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions written in this post are my own and I don't expect everyone to agree.

CharcoCaps Review




CharcoCaps is a natural, easy-to-swallow, over-the-counter activated charcoal capsule that stimulates and supports the body's own defenses against intestinal gas. While we all experience gas about 14 times a day, CharcoCaps helps to naturally relive gas discomfort, pressure and bloating, which helps absorb gas and the embarrassing odor.
It's also great to take when flying since it helps eliminate 'jet bloat'.
Health tips, videos and a down loadable food diary are also available at CharcoCaps

How I used CharcoCaps:
Shhhh don't tell my hubby that I put this on my blog. HaHa I passed them over to him to use. My main reason to have him try them is because after every meal he can clear a room and that is putting it nicely. I was pleasantly surprised that they worked. He took them with dinner and did not make me want to leave the bedroom when it was time for us to turn in for the night. So if you are anything like my hubby, married to someone, or even spend a lot of time with someone who can clear a room after a meal, then pick up some CharcoCaps and try them out.

CharcoCaps Gas Card Giveaway: With gas prices still on the rise, CharcoCaps is offering a monthly $100 pre-paid gasoline card (while supplies last). Simply take the gas etiquette quiz and sign-up to win the gas cards by following this link here. Winners are contacted each month so that the pre-paid gas card can be purchased for their local gas station. This can sure be useful for daycations, staycations, or just driving around town to the supermarket, etc.

Thank You to Laura at Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc for giving me the product free of charge to review.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place

I received the products to review for free. No compensation was offered or accepted, the opinions are my own and not everyone will agree.

Florastor And Florastor Kids Review


What is Florastor and Florastor Kids?
Antibiotics are necessary to treat bacterial infections like strep throat or ear infections, but they are not without side effects. One out of five people taking antibiotics will suffer from antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). One way to help protect your tummy or your child's tummy from AAD is to try a probiotic supplement like Florastor and Florastor Kids.
Florastor and Florastor Kids have been clinically proven to help prevent and manage AAD. Florastor and Florastor Kids contain a beneficial yeast called Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii) that helps repopulate your tummy with good microorganisms that protect against AAD. Because Florastor contains a yeast probiotic, it won't be killed off by antibiotics like bacterial probiotics will be.
Florastor comes in a capsule, and Florastor Kids, which is safe to use in children as young as 2 months, is a powder, so it can be mixed into formula, juice, soft foods like applesauce, etc.


How I used it!
I was able to try this probiotic out with my 2 year old as we were just told by his Dietitian that he needed to be put on Probiotics for at least 30 days. As I only had a sample, I went out and bought the 20 packet box. Now we are still using it but there has already been a change for the better within my son.
It not only works for AAD but like in my son's case it has helped change his yucky poos into tolerable poos. (that was the best way to put it) For the first time in over 2 years I have a good feeling that I will be able start potty training him without having to worry about the yucky poos. I do have to go out and get more to finish off his 30 days, but this is something that I will now keep in my house.



Where you can buy Florastor and Florastor Kids:

CVS Pharmacy
Duane Reade
H.E.B.
Kerr Drug
Kroger
Longs Drugs
Navarro
Publix
Rite Aid
Target
Walgreens

Don't forget to ask your local pharmacist about Florastor and Florastor Kids.


Thank You to Laura at Robin Leedy & Associates,Inc. for supplying me with the samples to do my review.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I received samples of the products free of charge to do my review. No other form of compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions are my own and not everyone will agree with me.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Do You Have A Favorite Holiday Drink?

I am quite the plain Jane when it comes to my drinks. I do like the occassional glass of red wine on a chilly night. My kids love Hot Chocolate in any form, but love the marshmellows on top. When I think about Winter and the wonderful holidays that come with it, I think about eggnog. Just your run of the mill, store bought eggnog. This year I am trying something new. I decided to make some eggnog instead of buying the already made store bought stuff. This recipe makes a wonderful full of yummy goodness eggnog.

Ingredients
6 eggs, beaten
2 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 pinch ground nutmeg

Directions
1.In a large saucepan, combine the eggs, milk and 1/3 cup sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture coats a metal spoon.
2.Remove from heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a sink or bowl of ice water and stirring 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Chill 4 to 24 hours.
3.Before serving, whip the cream and 2 tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form. Transfer chilled egg mixture to a punch bowl. Fold in whipped cream mixture and serve at once. Sprinkle each serving with nutmeg.

While searching for the recipe that sounds the best to me, I came acrossed this one here

Enjoy!!!