Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Smart Snacking with Fiber One Streusel Bars, Cookies and Meal Bars! #FiberOne

Fiber One has been coming up with a lot of new products to help us snack smarter. 
I've had the chance to try them all, and I can honestly say that they all taste great.

  • Curb hunger with a Fiber One Meal Bar – 10 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. Take one easy step closer to a healthier lifestyle with a bar that makes every delicious bite count.
  • Fiber One Streusel is a delicious streusel bar made with a brown sugar and oats topping over a real fruit filling, with 20% daily value of fiber, 150 calories per bar, and 12 grams whole grain.
  • Fiber One Cookies are a delightfully soft and chewy cookie that you can feel good about. A classic favorite baked with delicious chunks of chocolate - each cookie contains 20% of your Daily Value of Fiber and is individually packaged for easy on-the-go convenience.

The Meal Bar is perfect for a busy day on the go, just put it in your bag, and eat it when you don't have time to stop for lunch.  The bar tasted nutty and chocolaty, and was very filling.

The perfect treat for your little one's lunch box, and you don't have to feel guilty.

I enjoy taking them to work for a late night snack!
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  Diets high in fiber help body weight and aid in digestion.
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Disclosure:The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vtech InnoTab Learning Cartridges Review + Giveaway


My daughter has had the Vtech InnoTab 3S for about a year now, and she still loves it.  I love how easy it is to extend the play value of our VTech toys just by purchasing new Learning Cartridges.  I also make sure to buy cartridges that are age-appropriate which allows her to learn math, reading and science at her level while she thinks that she's only playing games.  

What's nice is that children can learn as they play with their favorite characters from Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters University and more!
·     VTech sent us three new cartridges, one of them being an interactive e-Book.  We had never tried an e-Book, and I was curious to see how my daughter would like it. 
InnoTab Classic Stories Learning Cartridge

Amazon               VTechKids
(Ages 3-6; MSRP: $24.99)
·         In Classic Stories for VTech’s InnoTab Learning Tablets, children can read three classic stories: The Frog Prince, Pinocchio and The Three Little Pigs, each with three different reading levels.
·         This InnoTab Learning Cartridge includes three learning games which introduce writing, rhyming, phonics, reading comprehension and more.

·         The cartridges are compatible with all current InnoTab models and will also work with new models that will be released later this year, including the InnoTab MAX (www.vtechkids.com/ITMax), VTech’s fastest Wi-Fi tablet yet and its first to feature Android™ learning content.

     She enjoyed the stories, and was able to follow along for her age level.  The Frog Prince was her favorite!
InnoTab My First Nursery Rhymes Learning Cartridge
Amazon               VTechKids
(Ages 12-36 months; MSRP: $24.99)
·         Join Cody and Cora on a musical adventure in My First Nursery Rhymes for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets! Listen to nursery rhyme songs, play mini learning games, watch playful animations and learn baby sign language.
·         This InnoTab Learning Cartridge includes 25 popular nursery rhymes, mini games, introduces five baby sign language signs and allows you to customizable parent settings.
·         In lullaby mode, you can set the timer for 15 minutes and play a loop of 5 sleepytime songs to soothe your child to sleep. You can also customize characters and create an avatar that interacts within the songs.

    My daughter is three so I didn't know how much she would play with this one, but she really enjoyed it.  The games are very cute, and I love that kids get an opportunity to learn sign language.
InnoTab Disney Winnie the Pooh Learning Cartridge
Amazon               VTechKids
(Ages 12-36 months; MSRP: $24.99)
·         Winnie the Pooh is always hungry for honey in Winnie the Pooh for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets. Help him find his honeypot and learn shapes, colors, opposites and more along the way. Includes fun songs and baby sign language with Roo and Piglet!
·         This InnoTab Learning Cartridge features an e-Book about Pooh and his great day bouncing with Tigger and friends, four sing-along songs with familiar melodies about Winnie the Pooh and friends, and a Music Box plays four sing-along songs in a loop for up to 30 minutes.

    This games is great to teach the basics to young children.  They get to learn their colors, shapes, and more while playing games with familiar characters.  And again they get introduced to sign language which is nice.  My daughter plays with this cartridge most out of the three.

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DISCLOSURE:  All opinions are 100% mine. The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Increase your Well Being with Aromatherapy and Purex Crystals + Giveaway

Did you know Aromatherapy can promote physical, mental and spiritual well being.  It is one of the most increasingly popular holistic treatment. 

I love that Purex has come up the NEW Purex Crystals Aromatherapy scent infusions with three great scents to promote Well Being, Energy and Serenity Scents.
I've mentioned before how much I love the Purex Crystals, and I'm thrilled to see the new Aromatherapy scents. 
The Crystals leave a fresh laundry scent on your clothes for weeks, it's very pleasant.  I tried the Energy scent on our clothes, and absolutely love it.  I can't wait to try the other two.   
Use the New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in-wash scent boosters and stimulate your life with peaceful bliss and boundless spirit.

The new scents are:
  • Well Being brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms
  • Energy helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus
  • Serenity keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water-lilies
 So easy to use: Add Purex Crystals Aromatherapy into your washer’s tub (top, front-loading, or HE) at the start of the wash to supplement your laundry detergent.

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Disclosure:  The Purex Brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monster Cereal Treats with Big G Retro Monsters Cereals #retromonstercereal

The Retro Monsters are back!
Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereals are once again hitting the shelves at Target in their retro packaging and they’ve brought Monsters snack items for you to enjoy as well. Try Count Chocula Treats, Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups and Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups in special retro packaging, found exclusively at Target.

Perfect for nostalgic cereal fans and Halloween lovers, Monsters cereals and snacks are fun for the whole family.

I decided to make fun Monster snack using the Monster Cereals.  It was quick and easy, and the kids loved it.
Monster Cereal Treats:
  • 2 Cups Franken Berry
  • 2 Cups Count Chocula
  • 2 Cups Boo-Berry
  • One bag Marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Coat a 13x9 inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Heat butter and Marshmallows in a large pan, until melted.  Stir frequently.
  • Add Cereals to the pan and mix
  • Pour the cereal mixture into prepared pan. Using wax paper, evenly press the mixture into the pan.
  • Let cool and cut into 2-inch squares to serve.
Disclosure:The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op

We're Partying with Cascade Platinum #CascadeShiningReviews & Giveaway

It's not deja vu, we did it again!  We got to celebrate with a new group of friends and Cascade all over again this month.

This time the celebration included French Toasts and (virgin) Mimosas, Yum!
I also wanted to recreate the Brownie experiment, so we had brownies too.  I didn't hear any complaints.
Orange Juice and French Toast is delicious but it definitely makes for some messy dishes. 
I explained to my friends that we were not going to pre-wash our plates or glasses before putting them in the dishwasher.  When using Cascade Platinum you get to skip the pre-wash, and still get sparkling clean dishes after the wash.
I did have a few skeptics in the house, but that's why we planned for them to stay long enough to see the dishes when they came out of the dishwasher.   
After a good meal thanks to a delicious French Toast recipe from the Food Network and Alton Brown, we put our dish straight into the dishwasher.  I then added the Cascade Platinum tab, and the Cascade Rinse Aid to my dishwasher.  Finally, I added my brownie dish that I had from the night before, and pressed start.
The skeptics were ready to laugh, and I was ready to laugh back, because I've seen how Cascade Platinum worked on a starchy dish of Mac & Cheese last month, and every load I've made since.
There you have it! Results don't lie!
I had some very impressed friends.
All that messy maple syrup- GONE, the brownie dish- CLEAN.  The glasses of Orange Juice- SPARKLING CLEAN.  I love this new Cascade Platinum.
How Does Cascade Platinum work?
  • Cascade Platinum is a premium product designed to achieve a clean so powerful it helps keep the dishwasher sparkling while also delivering immaculately clean dishes each and every time.  It even works on 24-hour stuck-on-food!
How Can you Skip the Pre-Wash?
  • Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on the dishes because its special enzymes latch onto that food, breaking down so it can wash away.  If there's no food soil, there's nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn't working its hardest for you.
Where Does Food left on My Dishes Go?
  • Don't worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes.  There is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works exactly like the disposal in your sink.
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The Prize pack will include:

·         1 pack of Cascade Platinum

·         1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid

·         Whisk

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·         Wine Topper

·         Sugar Sifter

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Custom Halloween Water Bottle Labels from icostumlabel & Giveaway

By now, most of you know I love to throw themed parties, and my favorite is all the custom decorations I get to plan for.
It's no secret Halloween is coming up, and my mind is already going a hundred miles an hour thinking about all the fun decorations and foods I can make.

I've made my own custom water labels for parties before, but I've never tried actually buying them already done for me.  iCustomLabel.com definitely makes it easy for you.  I loved all the designs they offered, and since my next party is a Halloween, I chose Halloween water labels.
The labels were so easy to place on the bottles, I don't think I will ever make my own again.  It took less than ten minutes to label all my bottles, versus a couple of hours it's taken in the past!
I was very impressed with the quality of the labels, and I loved that they let me customize the labels with our name on them. 
Best of all, the labels are 100% waterproof so you can serve them cold.
They will look perfect with our theme!
But it's not just for Halloween, you can get water bottle labels for every occasion...
like Birthday Parties,

 Or Barbecues!
I can't wait for our Halloween party so I can show off my bottles!
BUY IT: Visit icustomlabel.com to order. Price is around $14.99 for 24 labels.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop #BuildABearFriend

My son has dreamed of going to Build-A-Bear for a long time.  We didn't have a store near us, so we've just never been.  When we got the opportunity to make our own bear from Smiley360, I thought it would be the perfect time make the drive.

My son started out by picking which bear he wanted to make.  They are so many choices from Superheros, My little Pony, Disney's Princess Palace Pet to Ninja Turtles and Hello Kitty.  Something for everyone.

My son picked a Batman Bear, next he headed to the stuffing station.  The staff was very friendly and involved, making sure that the kids feel very special about their bear.  They do a little song and dance before putting the heart in the bear. 

Next, my son went to the dry bath station, then the dressing room area, where you pick your bear's outfit, and dress him. 

Finally, the naming station.  Your child goes to the computers, and makes the Birth Certificate for their Bear.

We had a blast, my son loved it, and I can't wait to take my other kids there.

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Disclosure: We received a free gift card from Smiley360 in order to make a  bear, however, all options are 100% mine.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apparel n Bags Review

 I recently discovered ApparelnBags.com, and I'm so glad I did.  The website sells just about everything, and at crazy affordable prices! 

They sell shirts for as low as $1.94!  I'm definitely going to shop there when I need more clothes for the family.

Actually, they have a great back to school sale right now with great discounts.

You can even get Embroidery and screen printing items.

I enjoyed looking at their website for a while, their bags are so cute, and I loved their women's apparel.  I finally settled on this really cute shirt.  The quality is wonderful.

Unfortunately, it sizes a little small, so this shirt is too snug on me. So I would pick a size bigger if you were to order a shirt from apparelnbags.com, however, it's good motivation for me to lose a little weight, because I can't wait to wear it!

You can find this shirt HERE, they have it in several colors as well.

Disclosure: I received the above product for free in order to write my review.  All opinion are 100% mine.