Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bounce it Off Millions Contest

I have a new contest to announce, Bounce it Off Millions Contest on facebook. The contest has started and ends on September 17th.

How to enter: Go to Facebook.com/Bounce. Look on the sidebar for “Bounce it Off Millions”, click on it. It is simple to enter, all you have to do is enter a question you have that needs answer. You know, if you are wishy, washy, and can't make up your mind. Then your question will get answered by others.

Bounce it Off Millions contest will award four people. Win what? Win a grand prize—the chance to turn their life’s great questions into a Facebook-wide advertisement, inviting Facebook’s 150+ million users to help you decide between your two options!

You can enter a special sweepstakes for the chance to win two Bounce Dryer Bars—one to keep, and one for a friend. 5,000 winners will be chosen.
I am so wishy, washy and I have lots of questions. Like right now, I am trying to decide what color to paint the baby room. We are having a girl. With my son, Matt, we did not have a nursery, he shared a room with me. I am so excited with all the choices but there are so many to choose from. And my husband said he is not repainting, so I need to make sure I pick the color I really want.

So do you have any questions, that need answer...submit your idea today and get a chance to have it picked to be in a Facebook ad! How cool is that!

Disclosure-I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated in the post are my own.




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Katy Perry @MTV #VMA

Did you check out the VMAs? As crazy as Katy's outfit may be, check out how beautiful her makeup is. Want to get her look? Check this out:

Katy Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards by Celebrity Makeup Artist Jake Bailey
· The overall look was bright and fresh to play off her colorful dress by Versace.
· On her eyes, I first applied COVERGIRL Liquline Blast Eyeliner in Blue Boom along the lash line and then blended COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast in Blue Bomb over the entire lid. I used COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze on the inner corner of the eye and then blended COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast in Forever Pink all the way up to the brow brown. The blue and pink colors mixed together created the gorgeous lavender shade. Intense ShadowBlast worked really well for this look because not only did the liquid formula blend together easily, but the built-in primer allowed it to stay in place all night.
· I finished the eye with NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara in Black on the top and bottom lashes and slightly smudged it into the lash line for a bold look.
· I highlighted her cheeks with a coral shimmer blush and then finished the look with COVERGIRL LipPerfection lipcolor in Temptress, the perfect balance of pink and coral for lips that really popped.

· Katy Perry won the biggest award of the night: Video of The Year!

· Make sure to “Like” the COVERGIRL Facebook Page & join the “My CoverGirl” program for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles for LATINA Magazine’s 15th Anniversary Party!

Katy Perry en los MTV VMA por el maquillador de los famosos Jake Bailey

El look general era reluciente y fresco para que hiciera juego con su colorido vestido hecho por Versace.
En sus ojos, lo primero que apliqué fue el delineador COVERGIRL Blast Liquline en azul “Blue Boom” a lo largo de la línea de las pestañas y luego le mesclé el COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast en tono azul “Blue Boom” cubriéndole todo el párpado. Luego el COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast en tono abano “Beige Blaze” en la esquina interna del ojo y luego añadí COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast en color rosa “Forever Pink” desde el pliegue del párpado hasta llegar a las cejas. Los colores azul y rosa mezclados juntos crearon una espectacular sombra color lavanda. Las sombras de Intense ShadowBlast funcionaron muy bien en este aspecto porque no sólo la fórmula líquida se mezcla entre sí con facilidad, sino que además tienen primer incorporado, que hicieron que el maquillaje permaneciera en el lugar durante toda la noche.
Terminé los ojos aplicando NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara en negro en la parte superior e inferior de las pestañas difuminándola ligeramente en la línea de las pestañas para lograr un look audaz.
Hice hincapié en las mejillas con un rubor coral brillo y luego terminé el look con lápiz labial COVERGIRL LipPerfection en tono “Temptress”, logrando el perfecto equilibrio entre el color rosa y el tono coral para resaltar los labios.
Katy Perry fue la ganadora del premio más importante de la noche: Video del Año!
Asegúrate de hacer clic en "Me gusta" en la página de Facebook de COVERGIRL y formar parte del programa "My CoverGirl" para la oportunidad de ganar un viaje a Los Angeles para la fiesta de los 15 º aniversario de la revista LATINA!

@COVERGIRL | @MTV #VMA *Katy Perry*(Photo Credit: P&G CG – MMC/FH)

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Malibu Black Review

Have you seen the Malibu commercials where they are playing music at a radio station and then it goes to a party? Oh no Snowflake...We love this commercial


Well let me introduce you to the NEW addition to the Malibu Family...

Malibu® Black
•Malibu® Black es el producto más nuevo en el portafolio de Malibu Rum y hecho en la isla de Barbados
•Malibu® Black es un ron oscuro de 70 grados que tiene un ligero sabor a coco
•Mézclalo con cola, tómalo solo, o prepara tu propio coctel para sentir el sabor del Caribe
•Malibu® Black está disponible en:
o 50 ml con un precio sugerido de venta al público de $1.99
o 750 ml con un precio sugerido de venta al público de $15.99
o 1L con un precio sugerido de venta al público de $22.99
o 1.75L con un precio sugerido de venta al público de $28.99

Malibu® Black

•Malibu® Black is the newest product in the Malibu Rum portfolio and made on the island of Barbados

•Malibu® Black is a dark 70 Proof rum that features a lighter coconut flavor
•Mix it with cola, drink it straight up, or make your own cocktail for the taste of the Caribbean
•Malibu® Black is available in:
o 50 ml for a suggested retail price of $1.99
o 750 ml for a suggested retail price of $15.99
o 1L for a suggested retail price of $22.99
o 1.75L for a suggested retail price of $28.99


Our thoughts-Malibu is a party must in our house and now the Malibu Black has become one too! It is great for getting the party going. You can mix it so many ways and make different drinks. Everyone at your party will be having a good time. Since I cannot drink while I am pregnant, I needed taste testers. So we just had a Malibu tasting party and shared Malibu Black with some of our friends.

Here is what some had to say:

Malibu Black is our new drink.
It is sweet!
Mixes well.
I like it!

Overall the Malibu was a great hit. My husband really enjoyed it, and he said I would have enjoyed it too.

***Disclosure-I received a Malibu Black goodie bag with product to review. These are our honest opinions.

MALIBU® BLACK “SUBE EL VOLUMEN” EN HOUSTON

Nuevo Malibu Black de 70 Grados Invita a Latinos a “Subir el Volumen”

Malibu®, el Ron Caribeño con licor de coco número uno en ventas, ingresa en el popular segmento de bebidas de alto contenido alcohólico con el lanzamiento del nuevo Malibu Black, una bebida alcohólica de 70 grados con un toque perfecto del sabor a coco tan característico de Malibu. Para celebrar este lanzamiento, Malibu Black está anunciando el estreno de “Sube el Volumen”, una experiencia que incluye eventos especiales en bares y clubes locales para Latinos residentes de Houston, así también como transmisiones de radio y promociones – y que culmina con una celebración del Día de los Muertos el 28 de octubre. “Sube el Volumen” está dirigido a Latinos de 21 años de edad o mayores que están buscando amplificar su diversión, a través de la mentalidad asociada a las islas del Caribe.
“El nuevo Malibu Black combina un sabor suave a coco con más graduación alcohólica y menos azúcar, para una experiencia más intensa. Es para el consumidor que está buscando llevar sus experiencias sociales a un nuevo nivel, ya sea en la playa, en el bar, en la pista de baile, o con amigos en cualquier ocasión”, dice Sheila Senhouse, Gerenta de Marca, Malibu Rum. “Nuestros consumidores nos han estado pidiendo Malibu con más graduación alcohólica, y ahora con 70 grados, Malibu Black es nuestra respuesta”.
“Sube el Volumen” tendrá lugar en Houston hasta octubre, y el nuevo Malibu Black se asociará con los mejores clubes, bares y DJ’s para interactuar con Latinos que están buscando amplificar sus encuentros especiales. En estos eventos “Sube el Volumen”, Embajadores de Malibu Black ofrecerán muestras gratis, ofertas especiales en tragos, y sorteos de mercancía de primer nivel. Promociones de radio en vivo también contribuirán a que los Latinos adopten la mentalidad asociada con las islas del Caribe, y celebrarán las fiestas del verano, el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, y el “Día de los Muertos”.
Con un color más oscuro, sabor a coco más suave y 70 grados, Malibu Black es la manera perfecta de disfrutar la noche. Mézclalo con cola, tómalo solo, o prepara tu propio coctel para sentir el sabor del Caribe.

A continuación te mostramos algunas recetas exclusivas de Malibu:

Malibu® Black Light
1-1/2 medidas de Malibu® Black
3 medidas de jugo de piña
Un poquito de jugo de limón fresco
Añade agua mineral con gas
Sírvelo en un vaso de trago largo

Malibu® Black Tormenta
1 medida de Malibu® Black
2 medidas de cola
Sírvelo con hielo en un vaso de trago largo
Adórnalo con una rodaja de limón

Malibu® Black and Lime
1 medida de Malibu® Black
Un poquito de jugo de limón
Sírvelo en un vaso de shot

Malibu Black estará disponible en tamaños de 50 ml, 750 ml, 1L y 1.75L. El tamaño de 750ml estará en venta al público con un precio sugerido de $15.99.

Para continuar la fiesta, siente el poder en Radio Maliboom Boom @ facebook.com/malibublackrum.

Acerca de Malibu-Malibu es el ron caribeño con licor de coco original y favorito a nivel mundial, con ventas de 3.7 millones de cajas cada año en más de 150 países. Nacido en la isla de Barbados, Malibu es perfecto para crear cócteles refrescantes para ayudarte a “Get Your Island On®”. El sabor distintivo y delicioso de Malibu ha sido premiado en varias competencias internacionales de bebidas alcohólicas, incluyendo una medalla de plata en el 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Malibu está operado y comercializado globalmente por The Absolut Company, una unidad de Pernod Ricard.

New 70 Proof Malibu Black Encourages Latinos to “Crank it Up”

Malibu®, the number one selling Caribbean Rum with coconut liqueur, enters the popular full-proof spirit segment with the launch of new Malibu Black, a 70 proof spirit with the perfect hint of Malibu’s signature coconut flavor. To celebrate this launch, Malibu Black is kicking-off with the “Sube El Volumen” experience that features special events for Latino Houstonians at local bars and clubs, as well as radio remotes and promotions -- all culminating with a Día de los Muertos celebration on October 28. “Sube el Volumen” hopes to reach Latinos 21 years of age and older who are seeking to amplify their fun with an island state of mind.
“New Malibu Black combines smooth coconut flavor, with higher proof and less sweetness, for a bolder taste. It’s for the consumer looking to take their social experience to the next level whether it’s on the beach, at the bar, on the dance floor, or with friends at any occasion,” says Sheila Senhouse, Brand Manager, Malibu Rum. “Our consumers have been asking for a higher proof Malibu, and now with the 70 Proof, Malibu Black delivers.”
With “Sube el Volumen” taking place in Houston through October, the new Malibu Black will partner with the hottest clubs, bars and DJ’s to engage Latinos who are looking to amp up their special gatherings. At these “Sube el Volumen” events, Malibu Black Ambassadors will offer free sampling, drink specials, and premium give-aways. Live radio promotions will also help Latino consumers get into the island state of mind and celebrate the summer’s festivities, Hispanic Heritage Month, and “Día de los Muertos.”
With its darker color, lighter coconut flavor, and 70 proof label, Malibu Black is the perfect way to bring in the night. Mix it with cola, drink it straight up, or make your own cocktail for a taste of the Caribbean.

Following are some unique Malibu recipes to try:

Malibu® Black Light
1-1/2 parts Malibu® Black
3 parts pineapple juice
Splash of fresh lime juice
Top with Soda
Serve over ice in a tall glass

Malibu® Black Storm
1 part Malibu® Black
2 parts cola
Serve over ice win a tall glass
Garnish with a lime

Malibu® Black and Lime
1 part Malibu® Black
Splash of lime
Serve in a shot glass

Malibu Black will be available in 50 ml, 750 ml, 1L and 1.75L sizes. The 750ml will retail for a suggested price of $15.99.

To continue the party, feel the power on Radio Maliboom Boom @ facebook.com/malibublackrum.

About Malibu-Malibu is the original Caribbean rum with coconut liqueur and the world’s favorite, selling 3.7 million cases each year in more than 150 countries. With its beginnings on the island of Barbados, Malibu is perfect for creating cool and refreshing cocktails to help you “Get Your Island On®.” The delicious and distinct flavor of Malibu has been honored at several major international spirits competitions, including silver at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Malibu is operated and marketed globally by The Absolut Company, a unit of Pernod Ricard.


***Disclosure-No monetary compensation was received. Informational post only.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleaning System Review and Giveaway***CLOSED***

NEW Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System is a professional facial cleansing system that gently exfoliates to reveal brighter, smoother skin with each use. Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System cleanses and exfoliates as effectively as a professional cleansing system costing nearly $200*, and is clinically proven to cleanse 6x better than basic cleansing alone. Its micro-massaging action cleanses deep and gently exfoliates to help maximize the immediate hydrating effectiveness of your anti-aging moisturizer.

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System includes:

• Olay Professional Pro-X Two-Speed Facial Cleansing Brush – Lightweight handheld two-speed, rotating brush that delivers daily deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation
• Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (.68 fl. oz.) – Fragrance-free lathering microbead formula designed to purify and renew skin’s texture for refreshed, smooth skin
• One replaceable brush head attachment
• Two AA batteries

HOW TO USE-Prepare skin each day and night with Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. To use the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, dampen facial skin and brush head lightly with water. Dispense Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser in hands and massage over face. Turn on and gently move around the face for approximately 60 seconds, avoiding the eye area. After cleansing is complete, rinse face and brush head with water.

For optimal skin care results, protect skin in the morning with Olay Professional Pro-X Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30 and transform skin each night with Olay Professional Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream.

For more information, please visit www.olayprofessional.com. Suggested retail price is $29.99.

NUEVO Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System es un sistema profesional de limpieza facial que exfolia delicadamente el cutis para dejar al descubierto una piel más radiante y suave con cada uso.
Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System limpia y exfolia con la misma efectividad que un sistema profesional de limpieza que cuesta aproximadamente $200*. Además, se ha probado clínicamente que es capaz de limpiar el cutis 6 veces mejor que cuando se emplea una limpieza básica solamente. Su acción de micro masaje limpia profundamente la piel y la exfolia de forma delicada, dejándola lista para absorber al máximo el humectante anti envejecimiento que esté usando.

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System incluye:

• Olay Professional Pro-X Two-Speed Facial Cleansing Brush – Un cepillo de mano rotativo, de peso ligero y con dos velocidades que a diario le proporcionará al cutis limpieza profunda y exfoliación delicada.
• Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (.68 fl. oz.) – Su fórmula espumante, sin fragancias y que contiene microcuentas, ha sido diseñada para purificar y renovar la textura de la piel y dejarla suave y renovada.
• Tiene un dispositivo reemplazable en la cabeza del cepillo.
• Requiere baterías tamaño AA.

Prepare su piel cada mañana y cada noche con el Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. Para usar el Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, humedezca la piel del rostro y la cabeza del cepillo con agua. Vierta un poco de Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser en las manos y aplíquelo sobre la cara con un ligero masaje. Encienda el cepillo y suavemente vaya moviéndolo sobre todo el rostro durante 1 minuto aproximadamente. Evite el área delicada alrededor de los ojos. Al terminar la limpieza, enjuague el rostro y el cepillo con agua.

Para obtener óptimos resultados en el cuidado de la piel, proteja su cutis cada mañana con la loción reparadora Olay Professional Pro-X Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30 y transforme su piel cada noche con la crema suavizante Olay Professional Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream.

Para más información, por favor visite www.olayprofessional.com. El precio sugerido de venta es de $29.99.

Our thoughts-I like that the brush really does clean my face. Previous product I had tested did not feel as good as this one does, when compared to each other. My husband tried the cleansing system and he said this is the one he preferred. He said his skin felt so clean after he used the cleansing system. It has 2 speeds that you control. I like the exfoliater that comes with the brush. It is a do-it-yourself cleansing system that won't break your budget, no more expensive facials.

Want to try the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleaning System? Here is how to enter:

1) Like the Olay Facebook page. (1 entry)
2) Visit the new Olay tab for Latinas at https://www.facebook.com/olay?sk=app_167641306622629. Then comment on the Wall and say IndependentMami.com sent you to Like Olay Para Ti. (1 entry)
3) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet, unlimited)

Win #OLAY Pro-X Advanced Cleaning System ($30 value) ends 9/26 #giveaway @independentmami http://tinyurl.com/3htowxq

This giveaway ends 9/26 at 8 am. 1 winner will be randomly selected. US only. Please leave your email in the comment. Good Luck.

***Disclosure-The system was received to review. These are our honest opinions.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Review and Giveaway***CLOSED***

Introducing Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® line, specifically developed to help prevent breakouts and help ease the stress of acne sufferers. A collection of acne solutions equipped with powerful MicroClear™ technology - clinically proven to speed up the delivery of Salicylic Acid to clogged pores - fighting breakouts and visibly reducing acne, redness and irritation. The line features calming cucumber and green tea extracts to help soothe irritated skin while calming the senses and helping to ease the stress one experiences with broken out skin.

The product line includes:
NEW! Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Gel Cleanser
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Night Cleansing Pads
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Triple Action Toner
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Foam Wash
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Clear Scrub
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Cream Wash

Introduciendo la línea Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® line, específicamente desarrollada para ayudar a prevenir las espinillas y ayudar a eliminar el estrés de los que sufren de acné. Una colección de tratamientos para el acné equipada con una tecnología MicroClear® - reconocida clínicamente por acelerar el proceso del Acido Salicílico sobre los poros obstruidos - combatiendo brotes y visiblemente reduciendo el acné, enrojecimiento e irritación de la piel. La línea contiene extractos de pepino y té verde, reconocidos por relajar, los cuales ayudan a calmar la irritación, mientras ayudan a eliminar el estrés que se adquiere al padecer de acné en la piel.

La línea de productos incluye:

NUEVO Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Gel Cleanser
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Night Cleansing Pads
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Triple Action Toner
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Foam Wash
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Clear Scrub
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® Power-Cream Wash

My thoughts: I like that this line is intended to help stop acne before it even start. You never know when acne will sneak up on your face. It uses skin-soothers like cucumber and green tea extracts that leave skin feeling soft, so no more redness or irritation. I really like the cleansing pads that can be used in place of a regular rinse-off cleanser at bedside or whenever you can't get to a sink. All the products use Microclear Technology and have salicylic acid, that helped fight acne. It is a complete product line that does the job.

Would you like to try the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control® line? 
Here is how to enter:

1)  Be a blog follower.  (1 entry)
2)  Be a Facebook follower.  (1 entry)
3)  Be a twitter follower.  (1 entry)
4)  Tweet.  (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

I just entered to #win a Neutrogena prize pack ($60 value) ends 9/26 #giveaway @independentmami http://tinyurl.com/425tldp



5)  Share Facebook, linky, etc.. (1 entry/per share/per day)


This giveaway ends 9/26 at 8 am.  Please leave your email in the comment.  2 winners will be randomly selected.  U S only.  Good Luck.

***Disclosure-I received these products to review.  These are my honest opinions. 

MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS

Hear Marley Speak for the First Time in MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS. It was released On Blu-ray and DVD August 16. Exclusively at Walmart, Sam’s Club® and Walmart.com
Sypnosis– One loveable canine goes on a magical new adventure for the entire family in MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS, cuddling up on Blu-ray and DVD August 16 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Filmed on location in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia by acclaimed director Michael Damian (Flicka 2, Moondance Alexander), this touching side story to the original $240 million global box office smash Marley & Me introduces us to Marley as the lovable pint-sized pup.

Fall into puppy love with “the world’s worst dog,” who now has a frisky voice and an attitude to match. Join Marley for his mischievous puppy years, as he and his summer pal, Bodie Grogan, wreak havoc on a neighborhood dog contest. Marley outwits Dobermans, Shepherds and Collies, while stealing hearts in his own unique and lovable way. Get your paws on MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS and fetch big laughs for the whole family!

The MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS Blu-ray and DVD is packed with bonus material allowing fans to go behind-the-scenes to see all the animal fun on the set.

Available at 4,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations nationwide and in Canada, both the Blu-ray and DVD are now available for pre-order exclusively at Walmart.com.

MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS Special Features:
●Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Goes to Training Camp
●Part of the Family
●My Favorite Moments

Our thoughts-We love puppies and Marley reminds us so much of dogs we have owned. Marley and Me was a cute movie we enjoyed. So it was obvious, we wanted to watch Marley and Me: The Puppy Years. It was a cute movie for the entire family to watch.

***Dislcosure-We received a copy of this movie to review. These are our honest opinions.

THE LION KING 3D review

Walt Disney Pictures, THE LION KING 3D featuring the voice talent of Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and Moira Kelly opens in theatres for a special 2-week theatrical release Friday, September 16. The film is rated G.
Synopsis:
An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets the stage for “The Lion King”, a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can't wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.”

Our thoughts-Lion King was a movie we have loved since the first time we saw it. My little brothers and I played it almost everyday. We know all the songs. While my son and I were watching the movie, I was singing along every single song. My son loves this movie as well. So I was glad we could both go watch it. It is a classic. And we both recommend parents take this chance to take their kids to the movies to see Lion King 3D.

***Disclosure-My family was invited to a Advance Screening. These are our honest opinions.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cricket Case-Mate Giveaway***CLOSED***

I have a fun giveaway. It is a quick one, so follow the instructions and good luck!!

Cricket has teamed up with Case-Mate and they have access to customizable Blackberry cases, a $35 value. The case is really cool because you simply upload an image of your choice (kids, family, etc) and Case-Mate customizes it for you.

How to enter:

1) Tell me what picture you would use and why? (1 entry)
2) Like MiCricket
(1 entry)
3) Follow @MiCricket on twitter.com (1 entry)
4) Facebook Share, leave link. (1 entry/per share)
5) Linky Share. (1 entry/per linky)
6) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet, unlimited)

#Win a custom BlackBerry phone case, $35 value #giveaway @independentmami ends 8/30

This giveaway is US only. 1 winner will be randomly selected to win one custom Blackberry 8530 case. Please leave your email in your comment. Good Luck.

***Disclosure-I received a code to redeem one custom Blackberry 8530 case to review. No monetary compensation was received. These are my honest opinions.

Babies“R”Us-Great Trade-In event

From Friday, August 26 through Sunday, September 18, Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us stores nationwide are holding the Great Trade-In event, providing our guests the opportunity to trade-in any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs, walkers, swings, bouncers, entertainers or kids’ beds in exchange for a 25% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.

The Great Trade-In event places an emphasis on specific baby products, such as cribs and car seats that, due to safety concerns, may not be the best candidates to be handed down or resold. Beyond recalls, certain older and used baby items can be potentially unsafe for a variety of reasons, including damage or lack of compliance with recent advances in product safety standards, including new crib standards that took effect on June 28, 2011, which prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side cribs and require significant improvements in quality standards and testing.

Visit your local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store to trade-in your used crib, car seat or other qualifying baby product. Day care centers or other organizations that wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.

***Disclosure-No compensation received. Informational post only.

Win a Piano

Universal Music is hosting a contest that is FREE to enter and being held at www.crazyliszt.com – in which they are giving away a FREE RED BABY GRAND Piano in honor of 200 years of the music of Franz Liszt, known for composing the “Wedding March” piece heard at EVERY Wedding, along with many other popular pieces heard in movies, cartoons, and plays.
The contest is very easy to enter. Basically since Franz Liszt was known for his incredible piano skills and crazy lifestyle, people simply post a short “list” of their craziest things they love. The “liszt” with the most votes wins a trendy, fashion-forward 44 key Baby Grand Piano from Schoenhut (valued at over $2000).
Revisit classics from one of the greatest composers in history while possibly also winning a baby grand that would look great in any home – especially those with little space.

www.crazyliszt.com


***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Kids all over Texas are headed back to class, but for the thousands of children battling childhood cancer, their families are planning doctors’ visits and hospitalizations. Heroes for Children (HFC), a Texas-based non-profit, helps families in these situations, understanding that a cancer diagnosis for one child affects the whole family.

HFC provides financial assistance to families to pay for expenses such as rent, utilities, gas, and car repairs. They also offer social assistance programs to benefit the families emotionally, including Movie Days, Holiday Heroes, and Valentine’s Dinner for the parents.

Larissa Linton co-founded HFC when her daughter, Taylor, lost her battle with leukemia. Larissa benefitted from an outpouring of support from family and friends during Taylor’s treatment, but saw other families in the same situation without any assistance. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents often have to leave their jobs, move the family, and struggle to pay everyday expenses. Siblings may be left with family members or friends while the parents are at the hospital, resulting in an emotional toll on all involved. Since 2004, Heroes for Children has assisted more than 3,000 Texas families with a child battling cancer.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back-to-School Style at Cool Cuts 4 Kids

Just in time for back-to-school, Cool Cuts 4 Kids invites moms and their children to check out the nation’s largest salon chain for kids with a coupon good for $5 off any service $11.95 or higher. Whether your little ones are going for a grown-up look for the new school year, or just want to look sharp for school portraits, expert stylists at Cool Cuts 4 Kids follow the latest hairstyles to keep little ones looking trendy. Plus, stylists are trained to take the stress out of haircut day, creating a welcoming environment with the help of captivating entertainment zones.

Find a salon near you at CoolCuts4Kids.com, and be sure to learn more about the Cool Rewards Club so you can save as they snip!

Cool Cuts 4 Kids stylists apply expert techniques that work with each child’s temperament, special needs or sensory difficulties. If little ones need additional coaxing into the salon chair, Cool Cuts 4 Kids will make them feel right at home: each salon has entertainment zones that offer a wide selection of movies, video games, and more. Cool Cuts 4 Kids is dedicated to creating a safe, trusting, and fun environment for kids and parents alike, and offers a wide range of services from basic trims (“Cool Cut”) to awesome ‘dos (“Extra Cool Look” and more). Make Cool Cuts 4 Kids a back-to-school tradition!

$5 OFF COUPON

New customers get $5 off any service $11.95 or higher at the coolest salon in town! Click here to print your copy of the coupon – but act fast! This offer is good until 10/31/11.

1st HAIRCUT
As a parent, you want to remember all the important “firsts” for your child, and their first haircut should be no different! At Cool Cuts 4 Kids, not only will your child be treated with the utmost care, they’ll also receive a certificate with a lock of their hair to remember the big day.

Make sure to bring your camera along and snap a photo to remember this adorable milestone! Cool Cuts 4 Kids has magnetic picture frames available so you can make a memory last a lifetime.

COOL REWARDS CLUB
As a member of The Cool Cuts 4 Kids Cool Rewards Club, the savings (and fun) will never stop! Sign up at a nearby store – it’s FREE, easy and the perfect way to start saving!

Check out the cool perks you receive as a Cool Rewards Club member:

1 point for every regularly priced service ($11.95 or higher)
Reward coupons for reaching 4, 8 and 13 points, emailed right to your inbox
20% off all retail products the day you join
10% off Cool Cuts 4 Kids haircare products
5% off all other haircare products
Advance notice of fun specials and promotions

LOCATIONS
Check out the store locator at CoolCuts4Kids.com to find a location near you.

ABOUT COOL CUTS 4 KIDS
Cool Cuts 4 Kids is the nation's largest haircare chain specifically designed with kids (and parents) in mind. Combining fun, convenience and a kid-friendly environment, Cool Cuts 4 Kids salons feature two entertainment zones complete with the latest and greatest technology to occupy and entertain. From video games and movies for the kids to cool haircuts and great products for the entire family, Cool Cuts 4 Kids strives to make every haircut fun 4 kids and easy 4 parents!

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Tips to Make Learning Fun from the Totino's Box Tops Spokesperson!

Because understanding that fun is essential to the learning process, Totino’s has chosen Gerald Richards, CEO of the non-profit organization 826 National which focuses on collaboration and creativity in the learning process, as their spokesperson. Gerald is a respected advocate for youth and education and he also shares a common goal of helping to make America’s schools and the learning process more fun and enriching, with the Totino’s brand.

Tips Gerald provides for parents and teachers, in partnership with Totino’s to support this unified goal and ensure that students are having fun, both inside and outside of the classroom:


· Creativity is a classroom staple. Encourage creativity in every area, including writing, drawing and in subjects like science. Kids need to know that there’s not always a right answer; sometimes, education is subjective and experimental.

· Learning can take place outside school walls, too – field trips are a great way to make learning fun. Venturing beyond school boundaries for a hands-on approach excites students and can help spark, or reinvigorate, a passion for learning. Teachers can even consider taking “mini” field trips to the school library or auditorium for a change of scenery and a new lesson.

· Time outdoors, be it for recess or after school activities, allows kids to explore the world beyond the classroom and is often the place where lifelong lessons are learned. Taking a break outdoors during the school day – even if it’s just having lunch outside – allows youth to recharge and has been shown to help enhance concentration and learning in the classroom.

· Through programs like Box Tops for Education (BTFE) and the Totino’s “Learn a Ton When School is Fun” sweepstakes – which will award four schools across the country with 250,000 Bonus Box Tops, the equivalent of $25,000 – parents and teachers can help bring fun projects to life that otherwise might not be possible due to resource and funding limitations.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Pregnancy Diaries-5 Month Ultrasound

I turned 20 weeks today. Yesterday I had 2 doctor's appointments. One was a check up with my OB/GYN. The baby looked good. The heart beat was 159. And all test results were great too. But the most exciting visit I had been waiting for was my 5 month ultrasound visit. Let me recap at 14 weeks I alomost lost my baby. The doctor put me on bed rest for 1 week and a half. I bleed for 4 days straight during the bed rest period. And the doctor had said she might even put me on bed rest until I turned 20 weeks. Luckily my baby is strong and when I returned for a check up at week 15, the baby was doing great, and the bleeding had stopped. I finally hit the 20 week mark. Every week we turn is another blessing to us. The 5 month ultrasound was great. The Specialist were checking everything on the baby. 2 arms, fingers, 2 legs, kidneys, heart, etc.. Even though my baby does not like ultrasounds and refused to cooperate, an hour later and they had all their tests. And we even were able to confirm the sex of the baby. Guess what I'm having?
I am having a baby girl. YEAH!!! My husband, son, and I are so excited. She is weighing 13 ounces right now and is looking very healthy.

We are not out of HIGH RISK just yet. My placenta is really low. They are still keeping me on my restrictions. And have said when the placenta is low like mine is I am at risk of going into early labor, delivering a premmie, and having an emergency C-section. I have to go back in 8 weeks to check on the baby and me. My baby is strong, and I am gonna fight like I have been doing every week.

And by the way, my genetic test was correct. They told me it was a girl, and the ultrasound has confirmed!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Win a trip to Disney

Win a trip for 4 to the opening of Cars Land and a private Jungle Cruise tour skippered by John Lasseter!

From late 1977 through spring 1998, John Lasseter, before becoming chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, worked at Disneyland, and was a skipper on the Jungle Cruise attraction. Recently, a search for a photo of John skippering the Jungle Cruise came up empty. Surely there must be a photo of Skipper John somewhere? To find one, we have created a contest: the first person to submit a verifiable photo of John as the skipper of the Jungle Cruise from 1977 will win a trip for 4 to the grand opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in summer 2012, and a ride on the Jungle Cruise skippered by none other than John himself! What better way to turn a Disney memory of old into a Disney memory of today?

For details on how to submit, visit Johnofthejungle.com or the official Disney•Pixar Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/disneypixar

John of the Jungle: The Search for John Lasseter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpW7bxjCn60

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Skintactix Challenge



Why Skintactix
Skintactix acne products combine biochemistry and medicine to develop highly effective, yet natural Acne Treatment Products. Our website offers comprehensive information about achieving acne success and related issues to help you make educated decisions about acne products and your options for the best natural acne treatment. Skintactix offers you the best science, the best acne treatment coupled with outstanding customer service.

What sets us apart from other Acne Treatment Products
No Benzoyl Peroxide
The drying and damage it does to your skin is not worth it.

Paraben Free
Many acne companies still use parabens in their products.

Acne Treatment Kits for your specific skin type
We have different acne kits for different skin types.

Acne Treatment Kits that last 2 months
Most acne kits only last one month.

No monthly charges on your credit card.
Order when you're ready!

30 day money back guarantee on all kits.
No questions asked.

Daily Treatment Routines for Acne:

Acne - Oily, Combination or Normal Skin or Excessively Oily Skin
Light, Moderate or Severe Acne

AM Antibacterial Cleanser (or Glycolic Cleanser) - Apply to damp face, work into lather, rinse off Glycolic Exfoliator - Apply very thinly, lightly rub into skin to disappear, leave on Green Tea Poultice - Apply very thinly to problem areas and rub in to disappear

PM Antibacterial Cleanser (or Glycolic Cleanser) - Apply to damp face, work into lather, rinse off Glycolic Exfoliator - Apply very thinly, leave on Green Tea Poultice - Apply more liberally than in AM, rub into skin, leave on

Note: For severe acne cases Inhibiting Gel can be added to the twice daily regimen, following the Antibacterial Cleanser and before the Glycolic
Exfoliator

Note: If the Poultice rolls or doesn't absorb when applied, the Glycolic Exfoliator has been applied too liberally and is creating a barrier.


My thoughts-I took the Skintactix challenge. I have been using Skintactix products for a little over month now. The kit came with easy to read instructions. The steps were easy to follow. I followed them everyday morning and night. I did see my face clearly clear up as the days past. It did not irritate my skin. I have been suffering from alot of acne lately, more than usual because of my pregnancy.



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***Disclosure-I received this product to review. No compensation was received. These are my honest opinions. Always read labels and test products on your own.

HAPPY FEET TWO - First Look!

The sequel splashes into theaters on November 18, 2011, returning audiences to the world of Antarctica. We once again join our hero, “tap-master” Mumble, who now has a son named Erik. Unlike his light-footed father, Erik is reluctant to dance and runs away. Shortly thereafter, he encounters a charismatic penguin named Sven, who can fly. As Mumble competes for his son’s attention and admiration, their world is turned upside down by powerful forces. Erik begins to see Mumble’s abilities as a leader as he brings together the penguin nations to fix their problem.

Check out this sneak peek:

RAMON flanked by, left-to-right: ATTICUS, ERIK and BOADICEA (BO) in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated adventure “HAPPY FEET TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.


ATTICUS, BOADICEA (BO) and a BABY EMPEROR PENGUIN in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated adventure “HAPPY FEET TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.


ATTICUS, ERIK and BOADICEA (BO) in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated adventure “HAPPY FEET TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.



ERIK in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated adventure “HAPPY FEET TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


SVEN in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated adventure “HAPPY FEET TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.


CARMEN and RAMON in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ animated adventure “HAPPY FEET TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.









Beat Cancer Boot Camp Powered by Yurbuds


WHAT: Yurbuds®, the leader in sports earphones designed by a triathlete and 23-time marathoner, has teamed up with Chris "Macca" McCormack, "World's Fittest Man" and two-time Ironman Champion to host the first-ever two-day Beat Cancer Boot Camp Powered by Yurbuds in NYC at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers.

Free to the public, a suggested $5.00 donation will benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Revlon Run/Walk for Women, which helps raise funds for multiple beneficiaries dedicated to cancer research, early detection, and support.

Each boot camp will be led by Anita "Sarge" Kellman, founder of the national Beat Cancer Boot Camp program, and hosted by a Yurbuds-sponsored athlete from the Ironman World Triathlon Corp., which endorses Yurbuds earphones, available at Apple stores, Best Buy, Sports Authority and more.


WHEN: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

11 a.m. to Noon Beat Cancer Boot Camp Workout


Yurbuds Host: Chris "Macca" McCormack, two-time Ironman World Champion, World's Fittest Man

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Beat Cancer Boot Camp Workout

Yurbuds Hosts: TJ Tollakson, 2011 Lake Placid Ironman Winner and Kyle "Epic" Mendoza, freerunning and parkour expert

WHERE: The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers

Pier 60 at the West 20th Street Crosswalk, New York, NY

Please use the entrance located at the East end of the Pier

By Cab: Enter at 23rd Street & West Side Highway (11th Avenue)

REGISTER: Sign up now at www.yurbuds.com/beatcancerbootcamp!

MORE: Donate $20 or more to receive a pair of Yurbuds Iron Man Series headphones ($59.99 value). For more information please visit www.yurbuds.com and http://www.facebook.com/sportscenteratchelseapiers.

***Disclosure-Informational post only. No monetary compensation was received. This post is my entry into a giveaway.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

"Let's Get Rollin' with Stopain" Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of the Stopain “Working Out The Pain” exercise video series, Stopain is giving away a foam exercise roller and a Stopain Cold Roll-On every Friday in August! Wait…there’s more.

Each Monday through Thursday in August, one person will win a Stopain Cold Roll-On!

Visit http://www.facebook.com/Stopain to enter. Sweepstakes ends August 31, 2011.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Certain Dri "100-Days of Summer" Giveaway

Last Call for Certain Dri "100-Days of Summer" Giveaway!
Certain Dri's "100-Days of Summer" Facebook giveaway ends on Sept. 3rd! If you haven't already, sign up on the Facebook page for your chance to win a Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant (roll-on or solid); we’re giving away one a day until Sept. 3! Certain Dri is the leading, dermatologist-recommended anti-perspirant for controlling excessive underarm perspiration.

Every Friday at noon E.T., all seven winners from that week will be announced on the Certain Dri Facebook page at www.facebook.com/certaindri.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Conair Brush with Fame Contest

Are you the next great hair vlogger or know someone who could be? Submit an original hair tutorial video (no more than 3 minutes), and you might win $500 worth of Conair hair appliance and brush products, $1000 in cash and a handheld video camera as the grand prize! Two runner-up prizes include $500 worth of Conair styling products.

We even have celebrity hairstylist and TV star, Jonathan Antin, as a guest judge of our top 20 finalists! The videos will be judged on presentation, clear instructions, contestant's on-camera presence/personality and communication of end result.

Visit www.facebook.com/conairhair to enter by 8/31 and learn more about the contest.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

2012 Mom EXPO-HOUSTON


Event: 2012 Mom EXPO - Mom Blogger Registration 2-DAY PASS

Date: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM (CT)

Location:
Legends Sports Complex
602 Pruitt Road
The Woodlands, TX 77380

For more information click here: 2012 Mom EXPO - Mom Blogger Registration 2-DAY PASS

Mom EXPO 2011 - At The Woodlands

January 27 & 28 - Friday 10-3, Saturday 10-4

A Women's Show & Health Fair

500 FREE Admission Tickets Awarded To Our Pre-registered Mom Bloggers

Be among the first 200 and receive a FREE Show Swag Bag!

Regular Attendee Registration: $5 p/p ages 12+

Advanced Online Registration Includes 2-DAY Admission.

Join us Friday, and return Saturday for FREE with your confirmation ticket.

(Credit Card Payments Accepted With Online Registraion. Cash/Checks, Only, Accepted At Door.)

We will be featuring a fascinating display of exhibitors representing products and services that appeal to moms of young families in Legend's 44,000 sq. ft. stadium.

Enjoy exhibits, demonstrations, samplings, play zones for the kids, and more at our high energy, high impact show.

Visit our official website for features and attractions.

Join Our Twittersation LIVE!

An Event By Mommy Gateway

For Sponsorships call 281-203-9066, or contact us www.thewoodlandsmomexpo.com


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***Disclosure-No compensation was received for this post. All information provided by Totino´s through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CONAN THE BARBARIAN - Houston Screening Tonight!

YOU AND A GUEST ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING

This will serve as your pass for two – please print and bring with you to screening.

Wednesday, August 17 @ 7:30PM

AMC Studio 30

Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. This ticket may be used for admission only by the person to whom we issued it; it is not transferable and has no cash value.

NO RECORDING

The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recordings. By attending, you agree not to bring any unauthorized recording device into the venue and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person for recording device

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – SEATING IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS – THERE IS NO GUARENTEED SEATING

Film: CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Studio: Lionsgate

Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman

Directed By: Marcus Nispel

Release Date: August 19, 2011

Genre: Action

Rating: R

Trailer: http://www.conanthebarbarianin3d.com/

Synopsis: “I live. I love. I slay…I am content.”

- Conan The Barbarian

The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back this Summer. Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination- in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds- Conan’s exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal 3D action-adventure film.

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Deftly adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard and faithful to the mythology and psychology of his iconic character, CONAN THE BARBARIAN stars Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman. The film is directed by Marcus Nispel, and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Millennium Films in association with EFF Independent Productions and a Conan Properties International LLC production.

scünci Back to School Giveaway


It's that time of year again...time to look cool for school! scünci wants to help its Facebook fans be prepared with a variety of hair styling tools and accesories from scünci and Conair, along with other great back-to-school essentials! On August 23, 25, 30 and September 1, two random entrants will be chosen on each of those days to win one of two fabulous prize packs.

Visit www.facebook.com/scuncihair to enter by 9/1 and learn more about the giveaway.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Giveaways Around the Blogosphere

Latina? Pregnant? Speak Spanish? Enter to win a $500 gift card AND a personlized baby shower! http://bit.ly/GW20a #Giveaway #MsLatina

Enter to #win a $25 Gift Card to @KrogerCo Family Stores from @wrestlingaddict http://bit.ly/pKiezh #giveaway (ends 9/4 )

Enter to #win a BIC Prize Package from @wrestlingaddict http://bit.ly/o1t2Cs #giveaway (ends 9/5) #BackToSchool

Giveaway: Sassy Baby Products http://t.co/zzXLsUA #babyshower #giveaways



Softlips Twitter Party

Join the Softlips. "So You. So Fun." Twitter Party!

We’re excited to announce the Softlips. “So You. So Fun.” Twitter party with Softlips and Thrifty & Chic Mom! On Monday, August 22nd, from 10-11 p.m. ET, talk about the importance of SPF and protecting your lips this summer, share your beauty tips and tell us your favorite Softlips flavors. Plus, learn more about the new Softlips. So You. video series, packaging makeover and win fabulous prizes, including limited edition Softlips t-shirts, Softlips product and one grand prize winner gets a $50 MasterCard gift card to buy products that are "So Her"! Join the party by following @ilovesoftlips and @thriftychicmom and use the hashtag #softlips on Twitter.

And don’t forget to connect with Softlips on Facebook www.facebook.com/softlips and Twitter www.twitter.com/ilovesoftlips

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Monday, August 15, 2011

OXY “School-Ready Skin Sweeps”

Is your skin ready for school? Enter the OXY “School-Ready Skin Sweeps” to win cool back-to-school gear and OXY Clinical acne skin care products! A daily winner will be chosen each Monday-Thursday to receive an OXY® Clinical Acne Solutions Pack, along with another back to school prize valued at $25. Every Friday in August one OXY Skin Care fan who enters will be chosen to win a grand fun prize to get back to school in style:

*August 5: $500 Target shopping spree

*August 12: $500 Walmart shopping spree

*August 19: Dell Inspiron Laptop

*August 26: iPad2 with Smart Cover

Visit http://www.facebook.com/oxyskincare to enter. Sweepstakes ends August 26, 2011.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the winner's of the Neutrogena prize packs....

Ladytink_534 said...
8
I've been having more breakouts than usual lately so this would come in handy.

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com


3 Giggly Monsters said...
22
I entered help giveaway.
megankayden@yahoo.com
August 9, 2011 3:55 PM

Congratulations to the winner of the Pantene Products....


Anonymous said...
5
I would like the Pantene Shampoo and the Conditioner for Medium-Thick Hair Solutions. yellow_patricia at hotmail dot com
July 27, 2011 10:41 PM

Congratulations again. You now have 24 hours to claim your prize. Please respond to the email I send with your complete name, and address. Thank you for entering.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Forged movie review


An ex-thug and his son attempt to find a way to move past impossible circumstances to forge a bond that has been forever broken by the murder of the child's mother.

Film Synopsis:
Set in the cold and rusty steel mill town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, FORGED follows Chuco (Manny Perez) on his quest to redeem himself committing a horrific sin — the murder of his wife. After Chuco’s release from prison, his now 13-year-old, abused and homeless son, Machito (David Castro), seeks him out and simply mutters: “You killed my mother. Now I kill you.” As Chuco’s guilt and Machito’s need for a father take hold, they must both find a way to move past impossible circumstances to forge a bond that has been forever broken.

Engulfed by a bleak and lonely air, FORGED tells a profound, introverted story that is both exhilarating and heartfelt — an exploration into the deep bonds of family when one man’s search for redemption might beg for more than he can give.

My thoughts-I am going to warn you that this is a racy movie. It has alot of scenes and issues I would not have my son see. With that said, it is a movie that takes us into a very different world that is not peaches and cream. The movie unveils how the past comes to haunt us, and how actions have reactions. It is a film that leaves you wondering, take that for what its worth my own opinion. If you like this kind of movies, then add this one to your list.

***Disclosure-I received a copy of this movie to review. No compensation was received. These are my honest opinions.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

All She Can movie review

Film Synopsis:
Welcome to Benavides, Texas, where petite girls can deadlift 280 pounds, military recruiters roam high school halls, and a patriotic Mexican-American community that has been there since before it was Texas struggles with an economy literally collapsing around it. Luz Garcia wants out, and powerlifting is her ticket. It's all or nothing for her . . . until nothing stares her in the face

In a small south Texas town, there aren’t many career options for young people besides oil rigs, the military, or fast-food restaurants. Luz Garcia, a fiery high-school athlete, is determined to forge a different future; she’s gained admission to the University of Texas at Austin. The problem is she can’t afford to go. With her one shot at a scholarship riding on the state power lifting championship, she sees no choice but to bend the rules to ensure her victory. Although Luz’s rashness and frustration land her in increasingly hotter water, they also fuel her with courage and empowerment.

Spanish synopsis:
Aparte de las plataformas petrolíferas, el ejército y los restaurantes de comida rápida, no hay muchas más oportunidades profesionales en los pueblos de Texas. Sin embargo, Luz García, una apasionada atleta de prepa, está decidida a forjar su propio futuro. Luz es admitida en la Universidad de Texas en Austin, pero no puede permitírselo. Su única oportunidad de poder ir a la Universidad pasa por lograr la victoria en el campeonato estatal de levantamiento de peso, lo que le garantizaría una beca de estudio. A pesar de los momentos de frustración y las dificultades, la determinación de Luz la llenará de valor y fuerza.

My thoughts-I really like this movie. It was inspirational to me. It took me back to high school and my struggle to get to college. Community college was not good enough for me, and I too wanted to attend University of Texas on scholarship. It shows how Latinos/Latinas have family issues that stop them from going to college right from the start. How no matter what you do, you feel like you are not going anywhere. It is a great story line. But in the end Luz's struggle and fight does it pay off, check out the movie to see what happens...

***Disclosure-I received a copy of this movie to review. No compensation was received. These are my honest opinions.

Friday, August 12, 2011

iT'Z Family Food and Fun review

Have you heard of iT'Z?

iT’Z has an all-you-can-eat buffet, arcade games, bowling, rides, and much, much more! Buffet and drink purchase is required to enter.

Check out some of their specials...

Check out all the fun we had on our recent visit...
Our thoughts-As a parent, I loved the open buffet. Do you have kids who never want to eat when it's time to eat, or as soon as they see games, they are no longer hungry? At iT'Z, they can eat when ever they want. Play, and then eat, or eat, and then play. They have a great buffet. We enjoyed all the games. The kids really like the bowling. It was just their size balls, and lanes with bumpers! The laser tag was lots of fun for the boys too. We have an awesome time, there was so much to do. I don't think we were able to get to everything so we will be making a trip back.

***Dsiclosure-My family was invited to this location. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are our own.

Seven Films, Seven Days, Seven Cities


Maya Indie Film Series kicks off its third season on July 29 in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago
Seven Films, Seven Days, Seven Cities

Films from Eva Longoria, Kate del Castillo, Oscar Nunez, Christian Slater,
Manny Perez, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom

Los Angeles (June 23, 2011) – The Maya Indie Film Series (MIFS) will launch its third annual seven-city tour in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on July 29, followed by San Antonio and San Diego on August 5, Dallas on August 12, Miami beginning September 9 and San Francisco on September 16.The series, which runs for seven days in each market, will bring seven critically acclaimed, Latino-themed films to these top U.S. markets. The series brings audiences the best in Latino-themed cinema, telling your stories.

Eva Longoria, Kate del Castillo, Oscar Nunez, Christian Slater, Manny Perez, Mark Ruffalo, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Elsa Pataky and David Rasche are among some of the actors featured in the series’ films.

“In our third year of the film series, Maya Entertainment continues to acknowledge and celebrate Latinos in film by presenting this event for American audiences across the country,” said Maya Entertainment CEO, Moctesuma Esparza. “ The Maya Indie Film Series strives to provide quality cinema made by the creative forces within the growing Latino entertainment community.”

Fueled by a belief that films bring communities together, the film series is Maya Entertainment’s way of ensuring targeted delivery of their films, allowing for maximum exposure within the marketplace. Offering a wide variety of cinematic genres, the film series is designed to engage independent film enthusiasts and to spark a renewed interest in these films to audiences all over the country. This cultural celebration highlights Maya’s ongoing commitment to entertain and educate audiences of the intricacies of modern multicultural cinema.

The Maya Indie Film Series will be participating with top Latino film festivals to exhibit select films including the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), San Francisco Latino Film Festival, San Diego Latino Film Festival's Fall film series Cinema en tu Idioma, the Chicago Latino Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and Cinema Tropical.

Schedule of Events

THE SEVEN FILMS IN THE SERIES:
Forged
Director: William Wedig
Cast: Manny Perez (Courage Under Fire), David Castro (27 Dresses), Margo Matrindale (Orphan), Jaime Tirelli (Girlfight)

Synopsis: Set in the cold and rusty steel mill town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Forged follows Chuco (Manny Perez) on his quest to redeem himself after committing a horrific sin against his son, Machito (David Castro). After Chucos release from prison, the boy, now 13 years old, abused and homeless, seeks him out and simply mutters: You killed my mother. Now I kill you. As Chuco’s guilt and Machito’s need for a father take hold, they must both find a way to move past impossible circumstances to forge a bond that has been forever broken.

All She Can
Director: Amy Wendel
Cast: Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez (la Mission), Joseph Julian Soria, Julia Vera

Synopsis: Luz Garcia, a high school senior in a small Texas town, wants something different than the options awaiting her after graduation. She's earned a ticket out with admission to the University of Texas at Austin, but she can't afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship. It's all or nothing for Luz…until nothing stares her in the face. Official Sundance Film Festival selection.

Blue Eyes
Director: Jose Joffily
Cast: David Rasche (Burn After Reading), Frank Grillo (The Gates), Erica Gimpel (Profiler, ER), Irandhir Santos, Cristina Lago

Synopsis: Marshall, chief immigration officer of New York’s JFK Airport begrudgingly faces his compulsory retirement. On his last day of work, drunk and blinded by prejudice, he harasses a group of Latin American visitors and exposes them to a series of humiliating events that result in the death of a young Brazilian. Years later, after serving a lengthy prison term and filled with guilt, Marshall goes to Brazil in search of the victims daughter and is guided by a young street-smart woman named Bia.

Where the Road Meets the Sun
Director: Mun Chee Yong
Cast: Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day), Eric Mabius (Resident Evil), Elsa Pataky (Snakes on a Plane), Jesse Garcia (La Misma Luna), Laura Ramsey (She's the Man)

Synopsis: Where the Road Meets the Sun follows four men whose lives intersect for a brief time in the city of Los Angeles. Takashi, a Japanese hit man, wakes up from a four year coma and moves to Los Angeles to escape mysterious traumatic memories. He strikes an unusual friendship with Blake, the hotel manager who still mourns the loss of his wife to an affair he ended up regretting. Julio, an illegal immigrant, works at an Indian restaurant to provide for his wife and kid back in Mexico. He befriends Guy, a young British backpacker who lives off his estranged father's ATM card and sleeps with any girl who crosses his path. What follows are the wild times and often gut-wrenching adventures of four men trying to survive both emotionally and physically.

Without Men
Director: Gabriela Tagliavini
Cast: Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Christian Slater (True Romance), Oscar Nunez (The Proposal), Kate del Castillo (La Misma Luna), Paul Rodriguez (Born in East LA), Judy Reyes (Scrubs)

Synopsis: In this offbeat comedy, the women of a secluded Latin American village are left to rebuild their society after all of the men are recruited by a bumbling group of guerrillas. It may be a man's world out there, but in here, it's all woman.

Didi Hollywood
Director: Bigas Luna
Cast: Elsa Pataky (Snakes on a Plane), Peter Coyote (A Walk to Remember), Paul Sculfor, Flora Martinez

Synopsis: Di Di Hollywoodtells the tale of an actress whose wish for stardom comes at a heavy price. Her name is Diana Diaz, a young woman with a wild yet familiar dream: to become a star. And to win it all, she is willing to lose herself.
Tired of working nights as a bartender, Diana finally decides to leave her homeland, her best friend Maria, and all of the bad memories Spain holds for her. She heads out for the bright lights of Miami, and despite its glamorous first impression, this new paradise proves anything but.
Fed up with casting calls, hunger, and near-poverty, Diana continues to push forward, and with the help of new friends, makes it out to Hollywood. As Diana Diaz transforms into Di Di, the once ambitious bartender truly learns the price of stardom. Official Toronto International Film Festival selection.

SPECIAL SCREENING:

Sympathy for Delicious
Director: Mark Ruffalo
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney.

Synopsis: Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean (Christopher Thornton) begins his descent into depression when he meets Father Joe Roselli (Mark Ruffalo), a passionate young priest. Father Joe introduces Dean to the world of faith-healing, an unlikely way for him to begin his quest to walk again. He soon discovers that he possesses the otherworldly power to heal people, but in an odd twist of fate, he is utterly unable to heal himself. Despite Father Joe’s warnings, Dean angrily decides to use his newfound gift for fame and fortune. He joins a rock band led by charismatic front man The Stain (Orlando Bloom) with bassist Ariel (Juliette Lewis), and manager Nina Hogue (Laura Linney). But his newfound notoriety is unable to cure the hurt that encompasses his life. To find true healing, Dean must ultimately confront his worst demons and come to terms with his own humanity. Official Sundance Film Festival Selection.

Revised Schedule-
Chicago - September 9
Dallas - September 16
San Francisco - September 16
Miami - September 23

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Jif® Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest


Create an original sandwich recipe with your child using Jif® Peanut Butter for a chance to win a $25,000 college fund!

Recipes will be judged on the following criteria:

Creativity
Taste
Nutritional Balance
Visual Appeal
Ease of Preparation

Prizes:
Grand Prize Winner will receive a $25,000 college fund and $10,000 for educational products and one Jif Peanut Butter gift basket.

Four Runner-Up Winners will receive a $2,500 college fund and one Jif Peanut Butter gift basket each.

Five Remaining Online Finalists will each receive a Jif Peanut Butter gift basket worth $50.

Limit: One entry per child.

The Contest entry period begins July 28, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time (ET) and ends on October 12, 2011 at 11:59 a.m. ET ("Contest Period"). All mailed entries must be postmarked by October 12, 2011 and received by October 19, 2011.

***Disclosure-I received sample Jif® products to review. No monetary compensation received.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

And the Winners are...

The winner of the Monkey Quest prize pack is...

3 Giggly Monsters said...
5
I would like to win this for my son.
megankayden@yahoo.com
August 9, 2011 3:41 PM


The winner of The Help prize pack is...

Lauren said...
2

I can't wait to see this movie and read the book...I would enjoy this giveaway for myself, being the shirt size a medium.

laurencoto2008@gmail.com

August 9, 2011 3:56 PM

Congratulations...

Conair Launches a New Video Contest- Brush with Fame

Are you the next great hair vlogger? Create and/or upload one of your own hair tutorials into the new Conair Brush with Fame contest and show us!! If you love hair products and doing hair tutorials, this is the perfect opportunity for you to shine! We even have celebrity hairstylist and TV star, Jonathan Antin, as a guest judge of our top 20 finalists!

To enter, submit your own hair tutorial video (no more than 3 minutes), and you might win $500 worth of Conair hair appliance and brush products, $1000 in cash and a handheld video camera as the grand prize!. Two runner-up prizes include $500 worth of Conair styling products. The videos will be judged on presentation, clear instructions, contestant's on-camera presence/personality and communication of end result.

Enter by 8/31! Please note that submitted videos will not be available for public viewing until the semi-finalists are revealed, since we have to have parental affidavits signed for any submission of a 13-17 year old (no submissions will be accepted by vloggers under the age of 13). Public voting of semi-finalists will be from 9/12-9/16, with the top 5 voted videos judged by Jonathan and the Conair panel.

Visit www.facebook.com/conairhair to enter and learn more about the contest by clicking on the Conair Brush with Fame link on the left side of the page underneath the profile picture. Good luck!

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Day Baby was Born-Matt's Story

Once upon a time, a beautiful miracle happened. Let me take you back 12 years, and share with you my baby boy, Matt's birth story. I remember it like it was yesterday.

I had nine months of perfect pregnancy. No morning sickness. Healthy check ups every single time. And beautiful ultrasounds pictures and videos of those nine months. It is as if they were visions of what was to come.

February 3, 1999-It was 5 0' clock in the morning. I was getting up as usual to go to work. But something happened. I got a sharp pain in my back. Since this was my first, I did not know what was going on. I went and asked my mom what I should do. She said,"Matt is coming today!" I don't think I really reacted at that moment because the pain really didn't bother me after that first initial pain when I got off the bed. I called in to work and stayed at home. I waited and waited but nothing. Around 3 pm, my mom left to pick up the boys, my brothers, from school. My fiancee was at still work. And I was on the phone with my future sister-in-law. As the conversation went on for over 30 mins, I had been moving around in my chair and complaining every 5 minutes. She stopped and asked me, what was wrong. I told her that I kept getting a pain from my back to my stomach every 5 minutes. She told me I was in labor and needed to be in the hospital. I was freaking out. There was no-one home to take me to the hospital. I called my fiancee and her rushed home to take me. We arrived at the hospital and I was already 1 to 2 minutes apart. They checked me in and then guess what the contractions slowed down. We started the waiting game. I started getting a fever. I was very cold, and kept asking for more covers. But the nurses said I was burning up, when they would touch me. At one point they discussed a C-section which I was not having any part of. I opted for the epidural which was so scary to me. Funny story, I am laying in the bed, and the nurse walks in and asks, "Where are you legs?" I told her they were on the bed. As she is grabbing my legs because they are hanging of the bed, she replies,"On the bed, right?" The epidural was not joke. I didn't even know my bottom half had been hanging of the bed the whole time. Anyways back to Matt, he still wasn't coming and my fever was getting worse and worse. By this time, night, midnight, and morning had came and they were really scared for my baby boy. So one more time, they said if he doesn't come soon, you are headed for an emergency C-section. I cried and cried, and pleaded for them to give me a little more time if it was safe. But now the time had finally come...At around 1:50ish am, I started pushing. I was so scared. At 2:00 am, baby boy, Matt made it into this world. He was so beautiful. He weighed 5lb, 11.2 oz. He was so tiny. I was crying because I had never experienced or seen anything like this ever. They cleaned him up, let me see him, and then took him off to the ICU. Remember the fever I had had. They had to check to see if everything was fine with. And they also had to check me. Luckily everything was fine. The problem was my placenta, both me and the baby were good.
It is crazy but I remember alot about that day. I wish I would have had it video taped so I would not forget any detail at all. We only have a few pictures of that day, but I treasure them like GOLD. I wish I remembered everyone else's reactions. Because I remember mine. I remember saying, "Oh my God, he is so beautiful!"

I am pregnant now with my 2nd baby. And I want to make sure I record every moment so I always remember this moment like Matt's. I hope to treasure all the little moments in my head but also with pictures and video so nothing is forgotten. And how special these moments will be when Matt gets to hold his baby brother or baby sister. I tell him about his story all the time, and show him his pictures.

***Disclosure-I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Tommee Tippee blogging contest for a chance to get a gift pack worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

The Day Baby Was Born a new web application that allows you to create a storybook.

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Start your own storybook today.

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