Friday, July 30, 2010

Radio Flyer's World's Largest Wagon Mosaic


Since 1917, the famous little red wagons by Radio Flyer have been a favorite of families and kids everywhere. Boasting more than a dozen award-winning wagon models and a complete line of tricycles, scooters, and other ride-ons, Radio Flyer is as synonymous with outdoor play as summer itself.There are endless ways to enjoy your little red wagon, from standing out in the crowd at the Fourth of July parade, to toting all the ingredients for a fun summer picnic. Not only will your red wagon provide hours of outdoor adventures, it will bring a lifetime of memories too. That's why Radio Flyer is celebrating the beginning of summer by launching the World's Largest Wagon Mosaic.
Simply capture your families' Radio Flyer moments on camera and go to www.RadioFlyerArt.com to add your photo and help the legacy of the little red wagon live on!

Don't forget to follow @RadioFlyerSmile on Twitter and visit Radio Flyer on Facebook for great updates and insider information.

OUTLAST™ Hand Sanitizer review



Do you have kids? Do you worry about germs? Have you heard of viruses and H1N1, etc? I worry that my family will get the flu. I worry that son will not wash his hands and catch a cold. Have you ever thought where germs are lurking? Thanks to MomSelect I received an OUTLAST™ Hand Sanitizer party kit. I provided samples for my guests. We also received facts facts, tips, and games to play during our party. We learned that germs lurk on our purses. I did a test to see where everyone would put their purse during the party. I watch and took notes. Even though I had cleaned my bar and counter 2 people put their purses on there. I had 2 others put their purses on the table we were sitting at. Most just dropped their purses on the floor next to them. Everyone was very shocked to hear the germs that they are carrying on their purses. It was a very fun and educational night for everyone.

Learn more about OUTLAST™ Hand Sanitizer by reading the frequently ask questions from their website:

How does OUTLAST™ Hand Sanitizer work?
OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer kills the vast majority of germs instantly due to the presence of ethyl alcohol, and it continues to provide antimicrobial effects for up to six hours. Scientists discovered a way to blend common preservatives at low concentrations to continue controlling germs for up to six hours. This patented Viacydin® technology can continue to control germs for up to six hours.

What makes OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer different from other over-the-counter hand sanitizers that lack persistence?
Other hand sanitizers that lack persistence kill germs quickly, but as soon as a contaminated surface is touched, new germs are transferred to the hands. What separates OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer from other alcohol-based hand sanitizers is its patented formula, which provides the ability to control harmful germs for up to six hours.

Is OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer used by doctors, nurses and other health care workers?
Yes, the OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer formula has been used in hospitals for years. Surgeons and other clinicians rely on the formula because it is extremely effective - in not just killing harmful germs, but in providing hours-long persistence during surgical and related medical procedures.

Is OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer safe for use on children?
OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer can be used safely on children age 2 and older with adult supervision. It should not be used on infants under 2 years of age. The formula has been tested for safety and skin irritation and is safe when used as directed. OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer, as well as other hand sanitizers that contain ethyl alcohol, should be used only on intact skin.

What harmful germs that can cause illness does OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer kill?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not permit manufacturers to make claims against specific types of germs. To minimize the spread of illness, consumers should practice good hand hygiene and follow other infection-control guidelines recommended by doctors. When soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer like OutLast™ hand Sanitizer can be an important part of good hand hygiene.

Why do you need alcohol in a Hand Sanitizer?
Ethyl alcohol is an important ingredient because it kills germs on contact. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using alcohol-based instant hand sanitizers when soap and water are not readily available. However, although alcohol kills germs instantly, it quickly loses its effectiveness. OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer contains ethyl alcohol for an immediate kill, but then controls for up to six hours due to its patented Viacydin® technology.

How should I use OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer?
Apply a small amount of the product and wet your hands thoroughly. Rub hands together briskly until dry. It is important to reapply OutLast™ to your dry hands after washing with soap and water. Adults should always supervise children in the use of the product.

Is OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer active against H1N1 (Swine Flu) or MRSA?
No hand sanitizer is indicated for the prevention of H1N1 or MRSA. However, one of the ways to protect yourself from germs is to practice good hand hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises people to stay healthy by: Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throwing the tissue in the trash after you use it. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth - because this is often how germs are spread. Staying home if you are sick and limiting contact with others.

How do some infectious respiratory diseases spread?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the main way that respiratory illnesses like colds and flu are spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. This can happen when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and the droplets move through the air and are inhaled or deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Sometimes germs also can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk or door handle and then touches his or her own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands. Some germs can live two hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs and desks.

What is the best way to practice hand hygiene?
Wash your hands with soap and water, especially when they are visibly dirty, and wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Due to its immediate effect and persistence, OutLast™ Hand Sanitizer can be an important part of good hand hygiene when soap and water are not readily available. Tests indicate that OutLast™ can continue controlling germs for up to six hours. (Sing the Happy Birthday song)

Outlast can be purchased online or to get a free sample go to https://www.outlastgerms.com/moms or by phone at 1-800-716-2420.

***Disclosure-MomSelect sent a Party kit with samples for my guest. As part of being the host of the party, I received a Clipa. My CLipa will help keep my purse from getting pesky germs on it. It holds up to 45 lbs, and I think my purse is about 44 lbs, hahahha...

Unforgettable You Book Review


Daisy Fuentes has been redefining health, fashion, beauty and fitness for almost 20 years. From MTV to network television, a slew of cable series and specials, she has the ability to move seamlessly between music, fashion, fitness and style, and to own these categories as a host, expert and guide. In her new book, Daisy offers advice, personal stories, and tips from other celebrities on how to become unforgettable.

Daisy is a Latina I admire. She has done it all. She reveals a new side to us in this book. Unforgettable You: Master the Elements of Style, Spirituality, and True Beauty is a book I recommend every lady out there should read, expecially my Latinas. Growing up my mom was too busy working to girl talk with me about different topics. I grew up thinking the outside beauty made a person vain. But now I see how outside beauty can help someone's self esteem. A touch of lip gloss, some curls, and a small heel can do so much for me. Inner beauty is important as well. But in order for someone to feel beautiful, they must be content with themselves. I sometimes have not been. As I started reading Daisy's book I starting asking so many questions to myself. Her book was so interactive that I was able to kinda use it as a self-help book for myself. Many people around me would describe me as bubbly, active, and loud. I am very shy. Just yesterday we went to a parent meeting for my son's youth group. We were asked to say our name, and something about ourselves. My voice started cracking and I was so nervous I could bearly answer. I did what Daisy says in her book. I sat around and watched everyone. By the end of the evening, I was having small talk with a few people and felt more comfortable. I learned so much about myself reading this book. I loved all the quotes, and tips. Seeing life through someone who has seen alot help me open my eyes. Daisy made me feel like if I knew her personally and we were girl talking the entire time I was reading the book. I recommend this book.
For more information on Daisy, go to www.daisyfuentes.com
For more information on the book or to get a copy, please click here: UNFORGETTABLE YOU

***Disclosure-I was provided a copy of the book for this review. These are my honest thoughts.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Free Skin Cancer Screenings in Houston 7/2-7/30

** During last year’s tour, The Skin Cancer Foundation found over 1,200 suspected skin cancers and precancers, including 77 suspected cases of melanoma.**

According to the EPA (http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html), the UV Index in the Houston area is at number 11, which means it has reached an extreme classification. With UV levels that high and with the news that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, it’s more important than ever that the people in the Houston area take precautions to protect themselves from the harmful UV rays.

WHAT:
For the third year in a row, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid will be stopping by the Houston area in the Tour’s 38-foot customized RV to offer free full-body skin cancer screenings to the public. Local dermatologists are donating their time to offer the free screenings and will also be available for media interviews upon request.

WHEN:
Thursday, July 29th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, July 30th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Randalls Food and Drugs
3131 West Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77025

Academy Sports #32
21351 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598

WHO:
Minsue Chen, MD
Jaime Tschen, MD
Allyson Kopel, MD
Thomas Nichols, MD
Narin "Joe" Apisarnthanarax, MD

WHY:
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million cases in two million people diagnosed annually. However, if detected early, skin cancer is also the most preventable and curable form of cancer. This tour will make more than 80 stops across the country to educate people about the importance of sun protection on a daily basis and visiting their dermatologists annually to get a skin cancer screening. It is crucial for everyone, no matter their skin color, to practice sun safety.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Giveaways Aorund the Web

BabyBond Nursing Sash (Open Worldwide, Ends 7/31)
$40 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores (Open to US/Can, Ends 8/6)

Time Out To Rock CD by The Not-Its! (8/5)
Winner's Choice of Orglamix Natural Mineral Makeup (7/30)
Two books by Josie Brown (7/31)
$20 Domino's Gift Card (8/2)
Time Out To Rock CD by The Not-Its! (8/5)
Forget You by Jennifer Echols ~ 2 copies (8/6)
Home & Office Powermat with 3 Receivers (8/11)
$40 to CSN Stores (8/19)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Giveaways Around the Web

Naomie presents ~ModNation Racers Giveaway~ posted at kids and deals (Ends 7/28)

Lipstick to Crayons presents Maternity Dress giveaway posted at Lipstick to Crayons (Ends 7/29)

Spagetti Arms Paperspring.com $50 gift certificate, good through August 31, 2010

Time Out To Rock CD by The Not-Its! (8/5)
Winner's Choice of Orglamix Natural Mineral Makeup (7/30)
Two books by Josie Brown (7/31)
$20 Domino's Gift Card (8/2)
Time Out To Rock CD by The Not-Its! (8/5)
Forget You by Jennifer Echols ~ 2 copies (8/6)
Home & Office Powermat with 3 Receivers (8/11)
$40 to CSN Stores (8/19)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gorton's Seafood Review and Giveaway ***CLOSED***



Summer is the perfect time for Gorton's Grilled Seafood! That's why Gorton is giving away 1,000 FREE grilled product coupons! One lucky person will win Gorton's grand prize - an Apple® iPad™!

Enter to Win July 1 July 30, 2010! Drawings for 250 free grilled product coupons on July 23 and July 30, 2010. You'll be automatically entered to win the grand prize drawing for the Apple® iPad™ to be drawn on July 30, 2010.

Go to http://apps.facebook.com/gortons_giveaway/ and “like” the Gorton’s Facebook page and fill out every required field in the entry form. To enter without going through Facebook, go http://gortons.com/ipadgiveaway and fill out every required field in the entry form. Entrant may only enter once per sweepstakes period.

Boost your health with fish this summer, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and scientific research note that eating two servings of seafood per week is associated with better heart, brain and eye health. Registered Dietitian Sylvia Melendez-Klinger partnered with Gorton’s Seafood to create mouthwatering, easy-to-prepare recipes – Fish tacos can be prepared in no time and are packed with flavor and Mini Tostadas de Guacamole con Camarones are perfect as an appetizer deliciously rich with the benefits of Aguacate and Camarones.

ABOUT SYLVIA MELENDEZ-KLINGER
Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, is founder of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc., a food communications and culinary consulting company. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and the Grain Foods Foundation Medical Advisory Board. She also serves as the nutritionist for the national syndicated show Hispanics Toda, a frequent guest for Univision’s popular show Despierta America and Telemundo Chicago News, and a columnist for Paisano newspaper and decisivemagazine.com.


I love serving my family healthy nutritious dishes. Just this past weekend we enjoyed some Fish sandwiches and fish sticks. My son normally doesn't eat fish. It doesn't look appealing to him. And sometimes the smell doesn't help. But he thinks he is eating chicken when I serve Gorton's. He was not the only who became a fish eater. My bestfriend's husband loved his fish sandwich. We added lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, and cheese. They were great.

Would you like to win? I have 3 coupons to giveaway.

TO enter:
1) Follow me on blogger. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on network blogs. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry per tweet, unlimited)

This giveaway ends on July 30, 2010 @ 8 am. 3 winners will be picked. PLease leave your email address in your comment. Winner will have 24 hrs to claim their prize. Thank you and Good Luck.


***Disclosure-I received coupons for Gorton's review and giveaway. These are my honest opinions.

Smelly Towel Cleaner Giveaway***CLOSED***


I am giving away a Bottle of the Smelly Towel Cleaner. Check out my review of the Smelly Towel Cleaner in an earlier post. Do hate the smell of stinky towels? Order Smelly Towel Cleaner or win a bottle here?

To enter:
1) Leave a comment telling me how this product would help you. (1 entry)
2) Tweet. (1 entry per tweet, unlimited)

This giveaway ends on July 30, 2010 @ 8 am. The winner will have 24 hrs to claim their prize. You must leave your email address in your comment. Thank you and good luck!

Monday, July 19, 2010

JOHNSON’S® Baby YouTubeChannel: Big Bubblin Stars Contest


Thousands of mothers participated in the JOHNSON’S Baby YouTube Contest Big Bubblin Stars 2010 by sending videos of their little ones making big splashes. Winners of the contents will be selected through a combination of a judging panel and viewer votes.

Now is you turn, vote for your favorite video! Viewers will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite video from today until July 27 with a chance to win $1,000 or a FLIP HD Camera plus CRAYOLA products. Don’t miss this opportunity, visit www.youtube.com/baby and choose your favorite video.

Prizes for contest video winners include: Grand Prize: $10,000| Runner Up: $3,000 | 2nd Runner Up: $1,000, plus JOHNSON’S & CRAYOLA products. Contest Winners will be announced August 8, 2010.

Miles de madres participaron en el Concurso Big Bubblin Stars 2010 de JOHNSON’S Baby YouTube Channel, enviando videos de sus pequeños haciendo burbujas. Los videos ganadores de este concurso serán elegidos por medio de un panel de jurados y los votos de la audiencia.

¡Ahora es tu turno, vota por tu video favorito! La audiencia también podrá participar en este concurso desde el día de hoy hasta el 27 de julio, con la oportunidad de ganar $1,000 o una cámara FLIP HD, además de productos CRAYOLA. No te pierdas esta oportunidad, visita www.youtube.com/baby y elije tu video favorito.

Los premios para los videos ganadores del concurso incluyen: Premio Mayor: $10,000 | 1er Finalista: $3,000 | 2nd Finalista: $1,000, además de los productos JOHNSON’S & CRAYOLA. Los ganadores del concurso serán anunciados el 8 de agosto de 2010.

Friday, July 16, 2010

e.p.t “Moment You Knew”


I remember that day as if was yesterday. Going to the store and getting my e.p.t. test. Rushing home and then, ???? Instructions check, easy to use. But I was so scared to look at it. That day was the day I knew I was going to be Matt's mommy. Becoming someone's mommmy, hmmm, that was a big shocker to me. I was going to be a mommy. His mommy...


e.p.t is now offering a keepsake case for you to keep your pregnancy test in. I have many friends who have kept their pregnancy test. Now you can store it in a cute case.


You can find out more information about e.p.t.’s keepsake case and products at www.testaccurately.com

Do you remember the moment? Did you take a pregnancy test? Did you keep your test?

***Disclosure-I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of e.p.t and received an e.p.t. keepsake case and a $20 gift card to JustGive.org to facilitate my review.

WNBA Ticket Offer


WNBA is offering special discounts to One2One Network members and bloggers to share with our friends, readers and fans for the remainder of the WNBA regular season.

Just go to TicketMaster.com/wnba and enter the promo code WNBABLOG and experience the exciting, affordable and family-friendly entertainment of the WNBA!

These deals are too good to miss - some markets are as much as 60% off tickets. Offers are good through the end of the regular season (August 22).

WNBA teams are Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Indiana Fever, LA Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, NY Liberty, Phoenix Mercury, San Antonio Silver Stars, Seattle Storm, Tulsa Shock, Washington Mystics.
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WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week

The WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women's health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education.
From August 3 - 10th all teams will be hosting in-arena promotions and activities.

Attend a Special Breast Health Awareness game in your are in August:

Atlanta - August 3
Chicago - August 7
Connecticut - August 8
Indiana - August 6
Los Angeles - August 10
Minnesota - July 27
New York - August 6
Phoenix - August 6 & 8
San Antonio - August 13
Seattle - August 4
Tulsa - July 30
Washington DC - August 1

***Disclosure-This post is my entry to win one of ten $50 gift cards by One2One Network.

Solo Photo Contest


Enter the Solo Cup Company second annual online photo contest with a grand prize of $5,000 for the best photo featuring Solo products! You'll be able to enter your favorite photos at www.SoloCups4ever.com until August 6th.



Here's how it works: take, share and upload pictures with a Solo® Squared cup, plate or bowl for a chance to win $5,000 or other great prizes!
Find pictures that include any Solo brand party cups (SoloGrips®, Ultra Colors, or the iconic red Solo cup) for another chance to win one of two $1,000 runner-up prizes. Daily winners will receive a coupon for free Solo products. Two weekly winners will be chosen (one by us and one by you!) and each will receive a $100 gift card.

***Disclosure-This post is my entry in separate contest to win a $250 Visa gift card by MomSelect.

CATS and DOGS screening pass Giveaway


Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore will be released on July 30, 2010 in 3D. It is a Family/Action/Comedy rated PG. To watch the trailer go to http://catsanddogsmovie.warnerbros.com/ Starring Christina Applegate, Michael Clark Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams, Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen, Paul Rodriguez, Carlos Alazraqui

Synopsis:
In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves - and their humans - in “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” a comedy in 3D that blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation. It’s time for the fur to fly.

visit http://www.catsanddogsentry.com/ to enter for the chance to win a grand prize from Amtrak, Jarritos Kids, and the film. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. 13 years and older. Sweepstakes ends at 10:00PM E.T on August 8, 2010.. Full rules available in Spanish and English at http://www.catsanddogsentry.com/.

Enter to win a Admit-4 advance screening passes, Houston (July 24 at 11AM:
1) follow me on blogger (1 entry)
2) follow on network blogs (1 entry)
3) follow on twitter (1 entry)
4) Tweet (1 entry per tweet, unlimited)

THis giveaway ends Thursday, July 22 at 9 am. Winner will have 24 hrs to claim their prize. Please leave an email address in your comment. Good Luck.

Near East Sweepstakes, Recipes, and Much More



Near East products:

Couscous
Rice Pilaf
Whole Grain Blends
Pasta
Kosher Certified Products
Falafel
Taboule
Gourmet Meal Kits


Bangkok Prawns with Coconut-Infused Couscous
Ingredients

Couscous:
3/4 Cup unsweetened, light coconut milk (shake can before opening)
1/2 Cup 50% less sodium, 99% fat-free chicken broth
1 Tablespoon green onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon light soy sauce
1/8 Teaspoon turmeric
1 Package Near East Original Plain Couscous

Sauté:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
12 Large prawns, peeled and deveined (about 1/2 pound)
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 Teaspoons fresh ginger, finely minced
1/2 Bunch green onions, finely chopped
1 Hot red or green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (Thai, if available) or cilantro
1 Tablespoon fresh mint, chopped (optional)
3/4 Cup unsweetened, light coconut milk
1/4 Cup 50% less sodium, 99% fat-free chicken broth
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime)
1 Tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 Teaspoon turmeric
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt (optional)
1/8 Teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1 Tablespoon cornstarch or potato starch
2 Tablespoons cold water

Preparation Instructions

Bring coconut milk and broth to a boil. Simmer for a few seconds. Stir in green onion, soy sauce, turmeric and couscous. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork lightly before serving.

While couscous is standing, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté prawns 1 minute. Add garlic, ginger, green onions, hot pepper, fresh herbs; sauté 1 minute, stirring often. Add coconut milk, broth, lime juice, soy sauce, turmeric, sea salt and pepper; simmer 1 minute. Mix cornstarch with water; stir into sauce. Simmer 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often, until sauce is thickened and prawns are cooked through.

Serve the sauté over the couscous.

Nutritional information per serving (makes 4 servings):

480 Calories, Fat 10g, Protein 36g, Carbohydrates 60g, Cholesterol 220mg, Sodium 620mg, Fiber 3g


enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win fantastic prizes by visiting http://www.neareast.com/aroundtheworldin5/ Visit the site to enter the Near East Around the World in 5 Minutes sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize-a Mediterranean Culinary Adventure Cruise! There is no purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes, which ends August 31, 2010.

***Disclosure-Thanks to MomSelect and Near East for provided me with The Near East In-Home Party Kit.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

RAMONA AND BEEZUS Giveaway-HOUSTON AREA


RAMONA AND BEEZUS is a 20th Century Fox movie coming out on July 23, 2010. Starring Selena Gomez, Joey King, Josh Duhamel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Bridget Moynahan, John Corbett, and Sandra Oh. It is a Rated G Comedy. Check out the trailer: RAMONA AND BEEZUS

Synopsis: The adventures of young Ramona Quimby come to life in this all new film based on the best-selling books (over 30 million…and counting) by Beverly Cleary. Ramona’s vivid imagination, boundless energy, and accident-prone antics are put to the test when she helps her family face its biggest challenge. Along the way, Ramona must deal with her over-achieving older sister Beezus and the on-again, off-again romance between her Aunt Bea and Bea’s former beau.

Want to win a ROE to see this movie? (ROEs are tickets that will admit two people to see the film Monday through Thursday, beginning July 27, excluding holidays.)

Enter now:
1) Be a blogger follower. (1 entry)
2) Be a Network Blog follower. (1 entry)
3) Be a twitter follower. (1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry per tweet, unlimited. tweet as much as you like)

This giveaway ends July 21, 2010 at 9 am. 1 winner be picked. Winner will have 24 hrs to claim their prize. Please leave an email in your comment. I need to be able to contact the winner. Good Luck.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Around the Blogosphere GIVEAWAYS...

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Current Giveaways
Essential Swimwear Swimsuit Ends 7/9
Nacho Mama Tees T-Shirt Ends 7/11
Athletica $50 Gift Certificate Ends 7/21
Fantasy Jewelry Box Ends 7/24
Baby Diner Giveaway! Everyone Gets One For Free!



For a chance to win your own El Buzzo. This giveaway ends Friday, July 16 at midnight EST and you must have a valid U.S. address to enter.

New Pop Weaver Popcorn made w/Canola Oil Review & Giveaway

My family loves popcorn. We have movie night at our house at least once a week. What is a movie without popcorn? We also host movie night for our bestfriends and family once a month. We have tasted our share of popcorn and popcorn brands. When hosting and feeding my family and friends I like when I can serve healthy options for them. So I was happy to hear that Pop Weaver has made popcorn with canola oil. Check out the facts about the new popcorn in my earlier post about Pop Weaver made with Canola Oil. My family, friends, and myself tested this new popcorn and we all loved it. It is healthier for us, and it takes great. It is lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat and sodium. It contains whole grains, antioxidants, and Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, which help protect against heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. So grab a healthy snack whether you are doing movie night, or need a snack at work like I normally do.

About:
Our Butter Burst flavor is special because it is maximized at the time of popping. Canola oil provides the most robust flavor when combined with our unique Butter Burst flavoring. We optically scan every kernel to be sure that each one meets our high quality standards. Our popcorn is fresher. And fresher popcorn pops up bigger, better and tastier. We process, package and ship our popcorn faster than the other guys do. Because fresher popcorn is better popcorn.


Light buttery flavor
Earned the American Heart Association Heart Check Mark
210 calories per full bag popped
1g saturated fat per full bag popped
Provides only 5% of the Recommended Daily Value of saturated fat per full bag popped
0g trans fat per full bag popped


Richest buttery flavor
260 calories per full bag popped
2g saturated fat per full bag popped
Provides only 10% of the Recommended Daily Value of saturated fat per full bag popped
0g trans fat per full bag popped

Rich buttery flavor
Earned the American Heart Association Heart Check Mark
230 calories per full bag popped
1g saturated fat per full bag popped
Provides only 5% of the Recommended Daily Value of saturated fat per full bag popped
0g trans fat per full bag popped


Pop Weaver wants you to try their new product.
Giveaway-2 winners will be selected to win an 8-pack box (U.S. Only)

How to enter-
1) Follow my blog. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on Network blogs on Facebook. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry daily)

"Enter to win an 8-pk box #popweaver popcorn @independentmami ends 7/19 http://tinyurl.com/29sm9e8"

This giveaway ends July 19, 2010 at 8 am. 2 winners will be selected at random.org. Winners will have 24 hrs to claim their prize. Please leave an email in your comment. Thank you for entering and good luck.

***Disclosure-My family received a box of popcorn to review. No compensation was received. These are Independentmami's honest opinions.

Pop Weaver Launches 1st Microwave Popcorn Made w/Canola Oil



Pop Weaver® is introducing the first microwave popcorn to be made with Canola oil. The new and improved formulation of the popcorn enhances the rich, buttery taste that Pop Weaver is known for, and is lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat and sodium, while also providing Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids.

“Since popcorn is all we make, we’re continually striving to make our product the best-tasting, healthiest popcorn, at the best possible price,” said Mike Weaver, president and chief executive officer of the Weaver Popcorn Company, which makes Pop Weaver. “We’ve worked for years to replace our previous oil blend with a Canola oil blend, and we are proud to lead the industry with this innovation.”

All three flavors in the Pop Weaver microwave popcorn line – Light Butter, Butter and Extra Butter – have been reformulated to incorporate Canola oil. Both Light Butter and Butter carry the American Heart Association’s Heart Check mark, designating them as heart-healthy products. All three flavors also contain zero grams of trans fat.

Pop Weaver’s Canola oil blend is primarily comprised of “heart healthy” polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and supply Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, helping to protect against coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. And the popcorn provides other health benefits, as well, since it is a good source of whole grains. Not only does it contain fiber, but a study released this summer found that popcorn also provides healthy antioxidants. In fact, because it is unprocessed, according to the study, popped popcorn provided more antioxidants than any other snack food tested.

New Popcorn Lower in Fat and Calories, High in Taste
For the first time, even lovers of Pop Weaver Extra Butter microwave popcorn can enjoy an entire bag of their favorite snack, guilt-free. With only 260 calories, 2g saturated fat, and 0g trans fats per full bag popped, new Pop Weaver Extra Butter microwave popcorn will satisfy your butter craving without blowing your diet. The Light Butter and Butter flavors – which carry the Heart Check designation – contain only 210 calories and 230 calories per full popped bag, respectively.

“With most ‘healthy’ snacks, you typically have to give up flavor,” said Weaver. “But our new microwave popcorn really is the best of all worlds. Not only does it taste great, but it is better for you.”

Weaver adds that Pop Weaver remains a great snacking value, as well. “You can serve your family our popcorn for 21 cents per full bag popped, said Weaver. “No other snack provides the nutrition that we do for such a low cost. And it’s fun and delicious to eat.”

New Pop Weaver microwave popcorn made with Canola oil in Extra Butter, Butter and Light Butter is available at mass market retailers and discount stores nationwide.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Zhu-niverse Tour 2010 is coming...


The Zhu-niverse Tour 2010 Tour is a mobile, interactive experience, full of family fun for kids and parents alike. From a fun-filled event at Toys R Us locations to interactive extravaganzas at festivals and fairs, cities across America are going to be zhu-ooming with Zhu Zhu Pets fun!

Rock Out. Show off your dance skills on the Rock Star Stage while grooving to the Zhu Zhu Flo with your favorite Zhu Zhu Pets.
Which Zhu Are You? The Zhu Character Generator tells you which Zhu Zhu Pet or Kung Zhu hamster you are most like. Are you like Jilly, the energetic captain of the pep squad? Or are you like Sgt. Serge, the ultimate protector of the Zhu-niverse?
Channel Your Inner Zhu Zhu Pet.
Scurry and roll around in the life size hamster habitat trail and hamster wheel just like your favorite Zhu Zhu Pet.Kung Zhu Training Grounds.
Check out the latest addition to the Zhu family, Kung Zhu battling hamsters! Test your skills at the Kung Zhu Training Grounds adventure obstacle course.

Gaming Tent. Inside the Gaming Tent, kids and adults can play the latest, adventure-packed Zhu Zhu Pets game on Nintendo DS by Activision.


Here are the remaining stops on the Zhu-niverse Tour 2010:

Taste of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Saturday - Sunday, July 10-11

New England Sand Sculpting Festival, Boston, MA (Revere, MA)
Friday - Sunday, July 16-18

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Trenton, NJ (Readington, NJ)
Friday - Sunday, July 23-25

Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Friday - Sunday, July 30-August 1

Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, MD (Washington, D.C.)
Saturday - Sunday, August 7-8

State Fair of West Virginia, Charleston, WV (Lewisburg, WV)
Friday - Sunday, August 13-15

Streets at Southpoint, Raleigh, NC
Saturday - Sunday, August 21-22

Summerfest, Charlotte, NC (York, SC)
Saturday, August 28

GeckoFest, Tampa, FL (Gulfport, FL)
Saturday, September 4

Yellow Daisy Festival, Atlanta, GA (Stone Mountain, GA)
Friday - Sunday, September 10-12

GrapeFest, Dallas, TX (Grapevine, TX)
Friday - Sunday, September 17-19

Fortbend County Fair, Houston, TX (Rosenberg, TX)
Saturday - Sunday, September 25-26

TBD, CA
Saturday - Sunday, October 2-3

Wildlife World Zoo, Phoenix, AZ (Litchfield Park, AZ)
Friday - Sunday, October 8-10

Be sure to check out Zhu-niverse Tour for more information.

Learn the Zhu Zhu Flo dance...check out the video

New Clarins Products Summer 2010 review

Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Creams - A unique exfoliant, without microbeads, that effectively absorbs (removes) dead skin cells and impurities.

Gentle exfoliating cream that promotes radiant skin.
Eliminates dead cells without microbeads.
Boosts skin vitality.
Absorbs impurities with natural clay.
Allergy tested.

Application-
Warm a small amount in hands. Apply to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye contour area. Leave on for one minute before removing with light sweeping movements working outwards from middle of the face and neck. Rinse with warm water and complete by applying Brightening Toner.

Active Ingredients-
Primrose extract soothes skin and helps maintain and ideal pH balance.

My thoughts-
I like how easy it is to use. It is not thick and gunky. You follow the application directions and your done. My face feels great. I workout 5 days a week. My face goes through alot all week long. Not to imagine all that it goes through on the weekends. This cream has helped my face feel and actually be clean. I have been applying for am a month and it has not irritated my at-times sensitive skin.



Bright Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched – Three new formulas and textures of the high performance brightening products for brighter, more translucent, flawless and even-toned skin.

The ultra-concentrated roll-on corrector designed to help reduce dark spots and soothe small imperfections.
Helps reduce dark spots and soothe small imperfections.
Convenient and transportable packaging.
Dermatologist tested.

Application-
AM and PM, apply roll-on directly onto the dark, sun or small spot.

Active Ingredients-
Enriched with a combination of Sea Lily and Alchemilla extracts to provide optimal protection against dark spots.
Meadowsweet extract purifies and soothes smaller spots.
A combination of raspberry extract, biotin and highly stable

My thoughts-
This roll-on just rolls ons. It is that simply. Have a dark spot, roll it on. I use it on my sun spots all around my face and have noticed the spots to be lighting little by little. My face is fair skin colored and any spots really stick out. The process is gradual but it is working. I have been using the product for a month now. Be careful when applying so product does not spill out. Roll on carefully.


***Disclosure-I received a bottle of Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream with primrose extract and On-The-Spot Brightening Corrector for my review. No sompensation was received. These are Independentmami's honest opinions.

Smelly Towel Review

Have you ever forgotten about a wet towel, or wet clothes? What do you do when you find them? I throw it away. I can't stand the smell. And that smell never goes away. I have washing them over and over, adding bounce, softerners, etc..
I was sent a bottle of Smelly Towel to review.


About Smelly Towel-
It’s all natural has a wonderful garden fresh fragrance and is specifically made to remove that musty, mildew smell from towels and clothing. Just a teaspoon added to a full load of musty towels or laundry makes them smell like new again! Use just a half teaspoon of Smelly Towel Cleaner as a detergent booster to enhance colors and keep that fresh smell!

I tested and tried Smelly Towel on all my nasty towels that I had in my garage to throw away. I was very skeptical at first, but the smell is gone. My towels came out like they had never stunk. I used the Smelly Towel on my fiancee's musty gym clothes too. It took out the sweaty stinch that just kept getting worse out. I have been using it over and over as a detergent booster from load after load. So if you have stinky towels and you have been throwing them away, you could try Smelly Towel.

***Disclosure-A bottle of Smelly Towel was sent to me to review. No compensation was received. These are Independentmami's honest opinions.

Friday, July 2, 2010

KC Distance Learning review

Do you like your school system? Are your kids having a hard time learning? Have your ever heard of KC Distance Learning (KCDL)?

KC Distance Learning (KCDL) is an online school. Very untraditional to what I am use to. But this is a great option for parents and their kids. It is a great option for those who fall behind, military families, and/or sports players.

They offer:
Online Private School-
-Students can enroll any time of the year
-Complete flexibility for students to create their own schedule and have 12 months to complete their courses
-Students are offered optional mid-term and end of course assessments to measure achievement growth
-Work with other students from across the US and around the world!
A flexible online high school and middle school program!
(Texas)The Keystone School prepares middle and high school students for college and career success. Enroll full-time and earn an accredited online high school diploma, or part-time to supplement a traditional school or homeschool curriculum. Choose from over 120 engaging online high school and middle school courses. Keystone's online courses are supported by certified teachers with online high school and middle school teaching experience. Keystone students have the flexibility to study at the pace and place that work for them and their families.


Online Public School-
-Tuition-free
-Students follow a traditional school year
-Students may be required to take standardized state tests
iQ Academy Texas provides a core 3-8 grade curriculum based on Texas state-approved academic standards. In addition, a variety of elective courses are available in world language, physical education, art, and music.

If you want more information go to onlineschoolsolutions.com to find an online school system in your state. This might be a great option for your kids.