Friday, November 21, 2014

Learning Resources Translucent Geometric Shapes Review and Giveaway 12/17

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and I like to find gifts for children that are fun and educational.  I think these are truly a great way to get children excited about learning.  Learning Resources is a great place to go to find a huge selection of fun educational items.  They offer a number of fun learning games too.  These are also a great way to incorporate education into family game night. They offer materials for children of all ages, and skill levels.








We received the Translucent Geometric Shapes from Learning Resources.  These are great for children 4 years of age and up.  I think these would be a great tool to use to teach preschool children about basic shapes.  They come in a variety of fun colors.  They are a fun tool to help teach about basic geometry.  This comes with 408 pieces.  The set includes polygons, and circles.  This is also a neat way to help your child understand fractions.  The set is also aligned with Common Core and is meets the standards for geometry.  The Translucent Geometric Shapes set retails for $34.99, and can be purchased directly from the Learning Resources website.

This is just one of the many fun educational items that Learning Resources has to offer.  You can visit their website to learn more about all of their great products.  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube.

Giveaway - Enter to win a Translucent Geometric Shapes Set.

Open to US residents 18 years of age and older.  The giveaway will end on 12/17/14 at 8:59 PM PST.  The winner will be chosen randomly.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back to claim their prize.  Mommie of 2 is not responsible for lost prizes, or prizes that are not received.  Bloggers that have reviewed for this company are not eligible to win.  If you have won a giveaway from this company on any blog within 6 months, then you are not eligible to win.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes Review and Giveaway 12/15

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My family loves mashed potatoes.  Honestly, they can be some work to make from scratch though.  I don't always have the time to make mashed potatoes from scratch.  Idahoan offers a large variety of instant mashed potato products.  These are quick, easy to make, and they taste great.  My family loves them too!  Idahoan has been making their products for over 50 years.  I was really impressed.

We received a variety of samples of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes.  I received samples of their four cheese, baby reds, roasted garlic, buttery homestyle, and loaded baked mashed potatoes.  I really enjoyed all of these.  I can't pick a favorite because they are all excellent.  These came in convenient 4 serving packages.  They are so easy to make too!  They are so fast!  It really is nice to have a side dish that is tasty, but ready in around 5 minutes or less.

I was so excited to see that these tasty Idahoan Mashed Potatoes can also be used in a variety of fun recipes.  The Idahoan website has a huge recipe index.  I love that they offer appetizers, main dishes, soups, and more.  Many of these recipes are not just a basic mashed potato.  They use the Idahoan Mashed Potatoes in them to create a fabulous dish.  I chose to make the recipe they have on their website for Mrs. Prophet's Roasted Garlic French Bread.  It is so easy to make.  My kids love garlic bread.  They gobbled this garlic bread up.  The garlic bread can be cooked under the broiler or on the grill.  The bread had a buttery garlic topping that was so flavorful.  I like that this recipe can be cut in half easily too.









You can view Mrs. Prophet's Roasted Garlic French Bread recipe below.  You can also visit their website to find more great recipes.





Roasted Garlic French Bread

Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 4-oz package Idahoan® Roasted Garlic Flavored Mashed Potatoes, dry
  • 1 lb butter, softened
  • 1 loaf French bread
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry package of Idahoan Roasted Garlic Potatoes with the butter until blended.
  2. Slice the French bread length wise and generously spread with the roasted garlic mixture.
  3. Toast under the broiler until butter spread is melted and toasted on top.
Great on the grill:
  1. Spread a small amount of the butter mixture on each slice of the French bread.
  2. Place face down on the grill until grill marks appear.
  3. Turn over and move to the indirect heat side of the grill and spread generously with more of the butter mixture.
  4. Close the lid or cover with foil until butter mixture is melted.
Notes
Related products:
Roasted Garlic Flavored Mashed Potatoes



You can learn more about Idahoan Mashed Potatoes by visiting their website.  

You can view all the tasty flavors here.

You can also find all of Idahoan's recipes here.

You can also connect with Idahoan on Facebook.



Giveaway - Enter to win an Idahoan Prize Pack valued at $50.  

·        4 pouches Idahoan Buttery Homestyle
·        4 pouches Idahoan Four Cheese
·        4 pouches Idahoan Loaded Baked
·        4 pouches Idahoan Baby Reds
·        4 pouches Idahoan Roasted Garlic
·        1 deck custom Idahoan playing cards
·        1 Idahoan branded premium soup bowl/cup


I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy's Bloggers for Idahoan Foods. I received Idahoan products to facilitate my review.

One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winners must have a U.S.-based address to receive their prize.  Winner will be chosen randomly.  Mommie of 2 is not responsible for lost prizes or prize fulfillment.  The giveaway will end on 12/15/14.


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One Direction Limited Edition Beauty Collection Review and Giveaway #thelookscollection #markwins #makeupby1D

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Do you know someone that loves makeup?  Do you also know someone that loves One Direction?  I have a great gift idea for any One Direction fan!  Did you know that they offer a limited edition One Direction Beauty Collection?  These are great makeup pallets that are loaded with great colors.  The colors were created with One Direction fans in mind.  The colors are beautiful and eye catching.  I had so much fun trying out the colors too!










Each collection of makeup comes in a great tin.  These limited edition One Direction beauty collections are available at Sears USA, Kmart, Target, and Walmart Canada.  The beauty collections were just released on November, 15th.  Each tin comes with great makeup that is affordable.  The makeup goes on easily, and looks great on.  There are so many great colors in these makeup pallets.  I love the shadows.  The shadows consist of 3 shimmery colors, and 3 matte colors.  You also receive a great black eye pencil in each kit.  The black eye pencil goes on smooth and gives eyes a great pop of color.  There are 4 lip glosses also.  The lip glosses can be layered for a great look, or they can be worn by themselves.  There is even a fun glittery lip top coat that adds a fun sparkle to your lips.  The nail varnishes are just as much fun.  These nail colors are easy to apply.  The shimmery pink is great by itself, but you can also add the sparkly glitter on top of it.  How would you create your own fun look with this makeup collection?





You can learn more about One Direction's limited edition beauty collection by visiting them on Facebook.  You can see Liam working on the line here, or see Niall working on it here.  

The One Direction Limited Edition Beauty Collection comes from Markwins Beauty.  You can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Do you want a chance to win some great makeup from the One Direction Limited Edition Beauty Collection?  Enter on the form below.

Mommie of 2 is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Petit Jean Meats - Honey Cured Ham - Holiday Giveaway 11/30

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I love to make festive holiday meals.  We love to enjoy a really good ham or turkey with our family.  Petit Jean Meats offers a great selection of smoked meats that will make your holiday meal perfect.  We have tried a variety of their smoked meats, and they are excellent.  We love their spiral sliced ham and their peppered ham.  It is honestly the best ham I have ever had.  

Peitit Jean meats now offers a new variety of ham just in time for this holiday season.  I recently sampled their honey cured ham.  It is so good.  It has a touch of honey to give your ham a nice sweetness.  They use honey from Arkansas to create this tasty ham.  The ham was a big hit in our house.  The ham was lean, and I love that it isn't packed in water.  The texture of the meat is tender, and it is flavorful.  The ham can be used to create a perfect holiday meal.  It really is a crowd pleaser.  The ham is spiral sliced, so it makes it simple to serve to a crowd.  The ham is great warmed, but it is also great for sandwiches.






This is just one of the many smoked meat items that Petit Jean Meats has to offer.  What would you like to try that they offer?  You can learn more about all of their tasty products by visiting their website.  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Giveaway - Enter to win a half spiral sliced honey ham.

Open to US residents 18 years of age and older.  The giveaway will end on 11/30/14 at 8:59 PM PST.  The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back to claim their prize.  Mommie of 2 is not responsible for lost prizes, or prized that are not received.  Bloggers that have reviewed for this company are not eligible to win.  If you have won a giveaway from this company on any blog, then you are not eligible to win.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 


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Yum Earth Organic Candy - Holiday Giveaway 12/7

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I really love to allow my children to have a sweet treat every now and then.  I am always looking for items that make me feel good about allowing my family to eat them.  Yum Earth offers a variety of candy products that are Organic.  They are made with quality ingredients that you can feel good about your family eating.  The holidays are a time of year where my family likes to have special treats.  Yum Earth makes it easy to do this because they offer a variety of fun candy items that my family enjoys!

Yum Earth Organics sent me some great items to sample with my family for the holiday season.  I received their organic lollipops.  These came in a fun holiday themed bag.  They are perfect for treats for kids at home.  These pops are a favorite of ours.  They have really great real fruit flavor.  They are only 22 calories each.  They come in flavors like pomegranate pucker, wet-face watermelon, strawberry smash, googly grape, and very very cherry.  They even have 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C in them!  They are made with real colors and flavors.  The taste really tells you this too!




Yum Earth Organics also sent me a holiday themed bag of their individual snack size packs of gummy bears.  We haven't tried these, but loved them.  These also have a wonderful real fruit flavor.  The individual bags are perfect for portion control.  The organic gummy bears have flavors like pomegranate pucker, mango tango, perfectly peach, and strawberry smash.  The gummy bears are less than 60 calories per pack too.  These make great stocking stuffers.  I love to put a package of these in the kids lunches because they really are a fun treat.




These are just some of the tasty organic candy items that Yum Earth has to offer.  What variety of their candy would you love to try?  You can learn more about all of the candy they offer by visiting their website.  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway - Enter to win a package of 10 snack packs of gummy bears, and a package or organic lollipops.  (packaging may vary)

Open to US residents 18 years of age and older.  The giveaway will end on 12/7/14 at 8:59 pm PST.  The winner will be chosen randomly.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back.  Mommie of 2 is not responsible for lost prizes, or prizes that are not received.  Bloggers that have reviewed for this company are not eligible to win.  If you have won a giveaway on any blog from this company, then you are not eligible to win.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 


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Beautiful Moon - A Child's Prayer - Book Review

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Reading is something I enjoy doing.  It is something I have tried to teach my children to enjoy too.  My children are 7 and 9, and they both enjoy reading.  We read together, but they also read independently.  We try and read books that have good content and teach them good morals.  Do you have a favorite book that you read with your child?





I want to introduce you to Beautiful Moon - A Child's Prayer.  This is a beautiful children's book written by Tonya Bolden and illustrated by Eric Velasquez.  The author has written titles such as   Capital Days, Tell all the Story to our Children, Emancipation Proclamation, and more. This book is a great story about a young boy that wakes in the middle of the night.  He realizes that he did not say his prayers before bedtime.  He looks out at the beautiful moon and says a wonderful prayer for those that are in need.  The story is heart warming.  I think it is a wonderful story that teaches young children the importance of thinking about others too!

This book will be available for purchase on the 4th of November.  You can visit Abrams Books to learn more about ordering.  This book will retail for $16.95. 

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.  

America's Toothfairy and Crest + Oral B Toothbrush Review

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I think good dental hygiene is very important.  I have taught my children this since they were very little.  They are 7 and 9, and I often try and find ways to make tooth brushing more fun.  How do you make tooth brushing less of a chore for your child?  It is very important that I stress the importance of having my children clean their teeth thoroughly after they eat sugary snacks too.  




America's Toothfairy is dedicated to keeping your little one's mouths clean.  They offer community programs that help keep smiles clean in children.  They also offer some great information about oral health on their website.  They have a Kids Club that you can join for free online.  Their Kids Club is a fun way to help children and parents understand the importance of a healthy mouth.  

I was given the opportunity to review a selection of Crest + Oral B Toothbrushes geared towards children.  These sets come with a tube of Crest Kid's toothpaste.  They also come with an Oral-B Power Brush.  The brushes and toothpaste are branded with fun characters.  This is a great way to make brushing fun for your little one.  They offer a variety of fun characters.  Some of these include Hello Kitty, Monsters University, Disney Princesses, and more.  My daughter loves using her Oral-B Power Brush and Toothpaste!  She is actually excited to brush with it.




Disney also offers a fun app that helps make brushing even more fun for children.  The Magic Timer App is available on iPad, iPhone, and other mobile devices.  It's free too!

You can learn more about America's Toothfairy by visiting their website.  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.