Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CLOSED Growums Great Gardening Kits for Kids Review and Giveaway 12/11






Growums are an adorable and fun garden kit for kids.  You can see from the picture - Growums are little containers that contain what you need to grow a fun garden.  My kids are 4 and 6 and they love growing their own plants.  We really enjoy growing things we can eat.  Growums makes it really easy and fun.  I received the Growums Taco Garden and we got it started  yesterday.  My kids were able to do this with my assistance.  It's not complicated and it was fun for them.  The Taco Garden includes seeds for jalepenos, iceburg lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, and cilantro.  It also includes simple directions along with the coco pellets.  Growums come in 6 different varieties.  You can choose from a Taco Garden, Salad Garden, Ratatouillie Garden, Stirfry Garden, Herb Garden and Pizza Garden.  These are a great fun family project too.  I love that it gets my kids involved in growing, but gets them excited about eating the stuff they get to grow too.  Growums can be purchased on their website for $9.99.



Growums now also offers fundraising programs for schools and other organizations.  I think this would be a great fundraiser idea!

Now for the Giveaway!

One reader will receive 1 Growums Kit selected by the company.  


US residents only and you must be 18 years of age or older.  The mandatory entry must be completed in order for the bonus entries to count.  All entries will be verified, so please do them correctly.  The winner will be chosen on 12/11/11 at 9pm Pacific Time and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me back by email or a new winner will be chosen.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.  The winner will be chosen by random.org.  Please leave your email (anti spam version is fine) in each comment, so I have a way to contact you back.  You must leave a separate comment for each entry.



Mandatory Entry - Visit Growums and tell me something you learned or which kit you would like.  Please leave a comment with your answer along with an email to contact you back.

BONUS - Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  This is on the righthand side of my blog and it says join this site.  Please leave me a comment telling me you did this along with your GFC name and an email to contact you back at.  

BONUS - Like Growums on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me you did this along with your Facebook name and an email.

Bonus - Like Frugal Mommie of 2 on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me you did this along with your Facebook name and an email.  

Disclosure - I received a Growums kit for free in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, November 28, 2011

CLOSED *WIN* $15 Gift Card to CRAZYDOG T-shirts Giveaway and Review 12/16



I just got a new T-shirt in the mail and was so excited to put it on.  I'm a big fan of the True Blood Series on HBO and the Sookie books.  I was given the opportunity to review CRAZYDOG's T-shirts and of course I chose the Merlottes Bar t-shirt from the Movie T-shirts  section of their website.  The shirt is made out of really soft material and fits true to size.  I ordered a medium size in womens and it fits great and true to size.  I am not happy when I order a T-shirt from somewhere and it is supposed to be a medium and it shows up and it looks more like an extra small.  I love that the T-shirts from CRAZYDOG T-shirts fit very true to size.  This shirt retails for $16.99 if you want one for yourself.  They have a variety of cute Movie T-shirts and so many others too.  I also really like the Bon Temps Football T-shirt too.  What is your favorite?




You can also find more choices in their other categories such as - 80's T-shirts, Funny T-shirts, Retro T-shirts and much more.

One lucky reader will win a gift card for $15 to CRAZYDOG T-shirts!  Enter on the Rafflecopter form.







Disclosure - I received 2 t-shirts for free in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely  my own and  have not been influenced by this.  No monetary compensation was provided.

*CLOSED* A Toy Garden Beeswax Candle Making Kit Review and Giveaway 12/14




I will first start off by saying that this is a product for kids, but I absolutely had too much fun doing this project with my kids.  The Multicolored Beeswax Candle Making Kit from A Toy Garden is a great hands on activity for kids.I have a 4 and 6 year old and they loved it.  They insisted that we make all the candles today.  They've decided that they are going to give their teachers homemade candles for the Holidays this year.  My son isn't always the kind of kid that likes to sit and do craft activities and he loved doing this.  The instructions were great and it was simple to do.  I love that once I got the candle started they were able to roll it up themselves.  We also took little cookie cutters and added some decorations to the candle.  I would definitely recommend this product.  The kit can be purchased on their website for $19.95.  The kit contains enough materials to make 12 candles.  

If you aren't familiar with A Toy Garden it is an online website that has amazing products for kids that include toys where you can find natural products, ones made in the USA and Fair Trade items.  A Toy Garden offers products that are excellent quality.   



Now for the Giveaway!

One reader will win a Multicolored Beeswax Candle Making Kit of their own.   

US residents only and you must be 18 years of age or older.  The mandatory entry must be completed in order for the bonus entries to count.  All entries will be verified, so please do them correctly.  The winner will be chosen on 12/14/11 at 9pm Pacific Time and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me back by email or a new winner will be chosen.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.  The winner will be chosen by random.org.  Please leave your email (anti spam version is fine) in each comment, so I have a way to contact you back.  You must leave a separate comment for each entry.

MANDATORY - Like A Toy Garden on Facebook.  Please leave a comment stating you did this along with your Facebook name and your email to contact you back.

Bonus - Please go to A Toy Garden and look around.  Leave me a comment telling me a product that catches your eye or something you learned.  Please leave your email in your comment.

Bonus - Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  This is on the right sidebar where it says join this site.  Please leave me a comment stating you did this and leave an email to contact you back.  


Disclosure - I received the Beeswax Candle Making Kit for free in order to facilitate my review.  This has not influenced my opinion and all opinions are completely my own as always.  No monetary compensation was provided.

Note - The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Peeled Snacks Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to the winner who was chosen by random.org.  The winner is tara1965.  Thank you everyone who entered.  The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to contact me back.



There are more giveaways to enter and more to come!

Easy Homemade Laundry Soap

I have been wondering how to make my own laundry soap from simple products for some time now.  

I started out doing some some of my own research and tried to find recipes for homemade laundry soap.  I am not a person that likes extremely complicated things.  I am the kind of person that feels if something is too complicated to make on my own, well then, it just isn't worth the time.  I found many recipes for homemade laundry detergent.  Some of the recipes I found contained more ingredients than the one I chose.  Some consisted of heating a solution in order to make a liquid detergent.  I really didn't want to get that complicated.  I just wanted a simple way to make my own laundry soap.  There are two reasons I wanted to try doing this.  I wanted to save money on store bought laundry detergent and the I wanted to find something that worked well to remove dirt.  I have a 4 and a 6 year old and sometimes I find that I have a hard time getting their clothes clean.  I sometimes even use pre-treaters on their clothes and they don't get stains out.  I also have a husband that is a machinist and his work clothes are filthy when he gets home.  

I found a recipe that I wanted to try, so I set out to buy the products.  I searched about 4 stores before I found the Super Washing Soda that is used in this recipe.  I know you can purchase it online, but it defeats the purpose of me saving money in making my own detergent if I have to buy it online and pay shipping.  I would call around to locate the product because it just isn't really popular.  Look for it in the laundry isle of your grocery store.  The following is the recipe I used for my own homemade detergent.  

1 bar of ivory soap finely grated (with a cheese grater)
1 cup borax
1 cup Super Washing Soda

Combine the above ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon for about 5 minutes.  You don't want big chunks of soap in it.  You want everything to combine well.  You can also use any type of bar soap you want.  I personally had the ivory around and used that.  It also doesn't seem to have too much perfume, so I thought that would be a good choice to use since my kids have sensitive skin.  

To use the laundry detergent just place 1 to 2 tablespoons in the bottom of your washing machine and fill with the water.  I suggest adding the dirty laundry once the machine has started filling with water a little bit.  I have noticed that this laundry detergent has worked just as well as some of the store bought detergents I've purchased.   I am amazed at how well it works to lift dirt out of clothes.  

How much does it cost to make a batch of this?  Well the box of borax was $5, the box of Super Washing Soda was $4, and my Ivory soap comes 3 in a pack for $1.  I tripled the recipe and still have tons of borax and Super Washing Soda left.  I was able to make about a 3 months supply of laundry detergent for my family for about $10.

Note:  The Super Washing Soda is not baking soda.  This is a product found in the laundry isle of your store.

Help a charity and get free goodies too while you do it! Crowdtap

I have been a member of Crowdtap for about 6 months now and it is one of my favorite sites to earn a little extra cash and get freebies.  The best part is a part of what you're doing helps out charity.  Here's how it works - you participate in quick hits (kind of like mini surveys), discussions and webshares.  The webshares are where you share something from a website.  If you get enough people to view it you get $1.00 just for doing it.  So between all these activities you earn points and money - which can be redeemed for amazon gift cards.  When you cash out a very small portion (5%) is taken out of your money and goes to a charity.

The best part is that you will sometimes have opportunities to apply for sample and shares or parties.  I have been lucky enough to get into 2 of the sample and shares from Old Navy.  The first time I received a pair of Old Navy Jeans for myself and one for a friend.  The second time I received a workout outfit from Old Navy for myself and a friend.

Most recently I was selected to host an Old Navy party for 3 of my friends from Crowdtap.  That means I get to go to Old Navy with 3 other people and get free clothes for all of us.  I was also selected to host a Smurfs Party that I know my kids are going to love!

If you are interested in joining Crowdtap it is definitely worth it!

CLOSED *WIN* a PetCake® Review and Giveaway 12/8



My kids were so excited when they saw the PetCakes® that we received.  They are the cutest thing ever.  Each of my kids received a PetCakes® Series 2 Collectible.

We received Bamboo Berry.  Bamboo Berry is a panda.  My daughter loves him.  He is cuddly and adorable.  She even insisted on sleeping with him last night.  He retails for $12.99.  He looks like a sweet little cupcake.  This is a great toy for my 4 year old.  She loves the idea of the panda hiding inside the cupcake.  It's an adorable combination.



We also received Nutty Nicky that is adorable as well.  My son has been playing with him and doesn't want to put him down.  He is adorable and is a cute squirrel.  He's soft and cuddly too.  I love that he's got the yellow frosting hat!



There are a total of 4 of the Series 2 Limited Collectible PetCakes®.  They are all adorable.  There is also Honey Cakes.  Honey Cakes is a bear.  There is also Roco Coco who is a cute raccoon.  Of course you can't forget the cute Nutty Nicky and Bamboo Berry.  I like them all.  They all retail for $12.99 and can be purchased on the PetCakes®  website.

GIVEAWAY TIME

One reader will win 1 PetCake® of their own.  The 1 PetCake® will be chosen by the company.  US residents only and you must be 18 years of age or older.  The mandatory entry must be completed in order for the bonus entries to count.  All entries will be verified, so please do them correctly.  The winner will be chosen on 12/8/11 at 9pm Pacific Time and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me back by email or a new winner will be chosen.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.  The winner will be chosen by random.org.  Please leave your email (anti spam version is fine) in each comment, so I have a way to contact you back.  You must leave a separate comment for each entry.

MANDATORY ENTRY - Which PetCakes®  do you like the best?  Please leave a comment with your answer and leave an email to contact you back.

BONUS - Follow my blog by GFC.  This is on the right sidebar of my blog and it says join this site.  Please leave a comment stating you did this along with your GFC name and an email to contact you back.

BONUS - Like PetCakes® on Facebook.  Please leave a comment telling me you did this along with your Facebook name and an email to contact you back.

BONUS - Like Frugal Mommie of 2 on Facebook.  Please leave a comment telling me you did this along with your Facebook name and an email to contact you back.

Disclosure - I received 2 PetCakes® to facilitate my review.  This has not influenced my opinion.  All opinions are 100% my own as always.  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

$77.40 Hot Tablet Deal From Plum District! EXPIRED

I just bought this and have not seen a deal this awesome for a tablet.  If you aren't familiar with Plum District it's a great daily deal site.  You can get a tablet valued at $399 for $129.  It gets better.  Use the coupon code saturday40 and you will save 40%.  It bring your total to $77.40 instead of paying full price for $399.  The $77.40 does not include tax and shipping, but this is still an amazing deal.  This is only good until 11:59 pm Pacific Time, so if you want one you need to hurry.   You will be given a voucher to redeem on another website called XSV360.

Hurry and snag this deal before it's gone!

CLOSED TruKid Review and Giveaway 12/15



I recently found out about TruKid products and was very eager to try them.  TruKid products are products for kids that are all natural!  TruKids goal is to help kids create their own healthy habits.  This is really important to start at a young age.  TruKid helps make it easy and fun for kids to learn how to take care of themselves and create good hygiene habits.   My kids tried the Sunny Days Face and Body Stick.    They also tried out the Bubbly Body Wash.

The Bubbly Body Wash was great.  My daughter has extremely sensitive skin and this worked great on her.  It gently cleansed and didn't irritate her skin.  It has a mild fragrance that was nice.  It smelled citrusy.  My daughter loved that the bottle was fun colored and easy for her to squeeze.






The Sunny Days Face and Body Stick was also a great product.  I love sunblock that is great for on the go.  This is in an easy to apply stick!  It is a good size to keep in your purse.  It is SPF 30 and water resistant.  This is all natural and contains no chemical sunscreens.  Once again, I used this on both my son and daughter and it worked great.  They both have sensitive skin and it caused no irritations.



I personally love that both of the products we tried are gentle on kid's skin and all natural.  My kids loved that the products were fun for them to use and easy for them to use.

Here is a neat fact about TruKid products - They are free of Parabens Phthalates, Gluten, BPA, SLS, petroleum, fragrances and harsh chemicals.  They are always safe for kids and you don't have to worry about what is in them!  The best part is they are natural and non-toxic

Want to buy it now?  If you purchase any items from TruKid over $35 they will give my readers a FREE Silly Shampoo.  Use the coupon code sillymom at the checkout.  This can be used 1 time per customer.

Want to win your own Bubbly Body Wash and Sunny Days Face and Body Stick?  One winner will receive 1 bottle of Bubbly Body Wash and 1 Sunny Days Face and Body Stick.

Enter below.  This is open to US residents age 18 and older.  All entries will be verified, so please do each entry correctly.  The Giveaway will end on 12/15/11 at 9pm Pacific Time.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.  The winner will be chosen by random.org.  The Mandatory Entry must be completed in order for the bonus to count.  You must leave a separate comment for each entry.

MANDATORY - Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  Please leave a comment stating you did this along with your GFC name and email address.

BONUS - Do any or all of the tasks below.  Please leave a comment for each bonus entry you complete.  Also please remember to leave your facebook name, twitter handle and an email to contact you back.

Like TruKid on Facebook

Follow TruKid on Twitter 

Subscribe to the TruKid newsletter

Follow @mommieoftwo on Twitter

Like Frugal Mommie of 2 on Facebook


Disclosure - I received some TruKid products in order to facilitate my review.  It has not influenced my opinion and all opinions are completely my own as always.

Save 20% on My Sibling and My Pal Dolls

On Cyber Monday (November 28, 2011) only you can save 20% on My Sibling and My Pal Dolls. You will be able to save 20% off of your entire order. This is a great deal. To take advantage of this savings please use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Win a Kindle Touch from Clean Teen Reads and Frugal Mommie of 2 (11/26-12/12)





Would you like to win a Kindle Touch to give as a Christmas gift—or to keep for yourself? Cleanteenreads.com, a website that provides detailed reviews of books for teens and tweens, has connected with nine great blogs to promote its updated site and give away a Kindle Touch!



Prizes: Win a $99 Kindle Touch or one of five subscriptions to Clean Teen Reads, a website that provides detailed reviews of clean books for teens.



Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Comments on this blog post will not count as entries. You only need to enter on one of the sites, as the form is the same on all sites. See the Official Rules at the end of the Rafflecopter form.



Clean Tean Reads Review



CLOSED @Crayola Innovative Holiday Prize Pack Giveaway #MyBlogSpark

One lucky winner will receive a Crayola Jewelry Boutique, Crayola Glow Book, Telescoping Crayon Tower and Ultimate Art Supply Kit!





Crayola Jewelry Boutique - Create your own beads and turn it into jewelry. No two beads are exactly alike. For ages 6 and up. Retails for $24.99.



Crayola Glow Book - You can create glowing moving art! When you turn the lights out your artwork will come alive. For ages 6 and up. Retails for $24.99.



Telescoping Crayon Tower - This contains 150 crayons. For ages 4 and up. Retails for $17.99.



Ultimate Art Supply Kit - A portable art supply kit that allows children to use their imagination. For ages 4 and up. Retails for $16.99.


You  must enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to US residents age 18 years or older.  All entries will be verified.  The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.

Visit Crayola's Holiday Gift Guide Website.

Visit Crayola on Facebook.

Visit Crayola on Twitter.



Disclosure: The Crayola Innovative Holiday prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.  I received the above mentioned products in return for this post.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.


Note - I will forward the winners info to the sponsor once it's received, but I can't guarantee that it will arrive before the holidays.













Thursday, November 24, 2011

Clean Teen Reads Review

Clean Teen Reads is a great new website that provides parents with reviews on books for their teens.  It's a great tool that helps parents decide whether a book would be appropriate for their child.  This is a great website for parents of kids age 10 to 18.  I think it is so important to be aware of what kids are reading and to make sure that it is appropriate for your child.  Clean Teen Reads will tell you whether the book has things in it like offensive language or violence.  I think this is great that we can now be aware of this!  There is also another section of Clean Teen Reads geared towards teens and not the parents.  I think this is a great place for Teens to find books that would interest them as well.  You can also suggest that Clean Teen Reads review a specific book!  Parents  and adults may register for free.  You can also purchase  a subscription for $12 per year if you would like access to the enhanced search options.  I think that's very reasonable considering you will be gaining so much important info about the books your teen will be reading.  If you sign for Clean Teen Reads monthly newsletter (no charge) you can save 17% off your monthly subscription fee!  I personally don't have a teen, but my son is an advanced reader.  He reads above his level, so  I see myself using this in the near future with him because I want to be certain he is reading something appropriate.  It's also a really easy to use website.  It's easy to find what you are looking for whether you are a teen or a parent.

Giving Thanks

I just wanted to take some time today to thank you for reading my blog.  I am thankful for all of you.  I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving with their friends and family.  


I'm also especially thankful for my wonderful family.  What are you thankful for today?


Wishing you a very. . . . 



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce WINNER

Thank you to everyone who entered the Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Giveaway.  The winner was chosen by random.org and is entry #3.  Congratulations to . . . . .

Stacie!



I will be emailing you shortly and you will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen.  

There are still more giveaways on my blog to enter and more to come.  


An Awesome Exclusive Deal from Tiny Prints



I just found out about this and it's really a great deal and a wonderful savings! Right now you can get $30 off your order and get free shipping! What you need to do to take advantage of this is spend $100 on holiday cards and purchase a $25 Tiny Prints gift certificate in order to get your $30 off. Please use the coupon code 30OFFHOLGCERT to get free shipping. This is good until 11/27/11 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Since it's a limited time offer I would suggest taking advantage of it as soon as you can. This is not an offer you will see advertised on their website. This is an exclusive offer for some cute holiday cards that you can design with your own personal photos.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fekkai Haircare Updated Review


I have been using the Fekkai Full Blown Volume Shampoo and Conditioner for about a month now.  I really like that the shampoo gently cleans your hair without drying it.  It does a great job cleaning without stripping your hair.  It has a great fragrance and isn't too strong smelling either.  The conditioner is great and not oily.  It does a great job softening and make hair shiny without weighing it down.  I really like that you don't have to use a ton of the conditioner to get the tangles out of your hair.  It also has a nice fragrance that isn't too overpowering.  I have been using these in conjunction with the Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream before I style my hair.  I really like that this tames my frizzies, but it also smooths and softens.  I love that you only need to use about a pea size for it to do the job too.  If you want really shiny and healthy looking hair I would recommend the Fekkai line of products.  There are a number of varieties to choose from also.  My hair seems very healthy after using the products and I don't see as much damage from heat styling and coloring as I normally do.



Disclosure - I received Fekkai haircare products compliments of bzzagent in return for my honest review.  All opinions are completely my own and have not been influenced.

Glow Crazy Distance Doodler Review


My kids received a Glow Crazy Distance Doodler to review today.  They were so excited to try it out and so was I!  My 4 and 6 year old absolutely love it and didn't want to stop playing with it.  The Glow Crazy Distance Doodler is great for mom's and dad's that want their kids to have fun creating art, but without the mess.  This is a great toy that allows your kids to be creative and use their imagination.  My kids like that they can put the wall clings up on any wall.  I love that they easily peel off the wall without making a mess.  They are also reusable.  The Glow Crazy Distance Doodler can be used a number of different ways.  It comes with wall clings and stencils.  My 4 year old really liked using it to draw freehand.  My son, who is 6, really enjoyed using the stencils.  It says that this is for ages 6 and up, but my 4 year old was able to use it too with some assistance.  Glow Crazy Distance Doodler comes with a magic lightwand.  You aim the wand at the wall cling and write on the wall from a distance.  Don't worry - this does not actually write on your wall.  The glowing art shows up on the wall cling and the clings can be reused.  It's really neat and I haven't seen anything like it before.  It has kept my kids entertained for hours and don't want to put it down.  I enjoy toys that allow my child to be creative and this is wonderful for that.  This is so much fun that my husband and I both enjoyed playing with it too!






The Glow Crazy Distance Doodler would make a great fun gift for any child ages 4 and up this holiday season.  If you would like to purchase your own Glow Crazy Distance Doodler they can be purchased right from their website for $19.99 plus shipping and handling.

Disclosure - I received the Glow Crazy Distance Doodler for free in order to give my review.  This has not influenced my opinion and all opinions are completely my own as always.

Monday, November 21, 2011

CLOSED **WIN** Charm Factory Beaded Bracelet Review and Giveaway 12/4

I recently was given the opportunity to review a beaded bracelet from the Charm Factory.  I was so excited because I love jewelry.  I chose the February Amethyst Bracelet and really love it.  I was going to get my own birthstone, but decided to go with the February birthstone because both my son and daughter were born in February.  There are a lot of neat beaded bracelet choices at the Charm Factory.  They have beaded birthstone bracelets and they have some really cute Mom Bracelets too.  I really like that their jewelry is affordable, but also good quality!  That is important.  The beaded bracelets are made of silver plated brass, lead free pewter and glass beads.  They come in a variety of lengths too.  I like that you can choose from 7 1/2, 8, and 9 inch.  This is important because not everyone has the same size wrist.  The bracelet I received is easy to put on and comfortable to wear.


BUY IT?  You can buy your own Charm Factory Beaded Bracelet on their website.  They are very reasonable.  The February Amethyst Bracelet can be purchased for $10.99.

WIN IT?  The Charm Factory is giving one lucky reader their choice of bracelets from the link here.  You will be able to pick and choose the length needed as well.  US residents 18 years of age only.  Winner will be chosen by random.org.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize.  You must leave a separate comment for each entry.  You must complete the mandatory entry in order for the bonus entries to count.  The giveaway closes on 12/4/11 at 9pm PT.  

MANDATORY ENTRY -   Visit Charm Factory and leave a comment telling me which bracelet you would pick if you win.  Please leave an email in the comments, so I can contact you if you win.  The anti-spam version of your email is fine.  Example - jsmith at whatever dot com.

BONUS - Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  Please leave a comment stating you did this along with your GFC name and an email.

BONUS - Like my Facebook page.  Please leave a comment stating you did this along with your Facebook page and an email.

BONUS - Follow me on twitter @mommieoftwo.  Please leave a comment stating you did this and leave your twitter handle and email in the comment.


Good luck!
  

Disclosure - I received a bracelet from the Charm Factory for free in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are completely my own and this has not influenced my honest opinion.

Pretzel Crisps® Giveaway Winner

The winner has been selected for the Pretzel Crisps®  giveaway and was chosen by random.org.  The winner was comment 33.  The winner has been emailed and has been given 48 hours to claim their prize.

Congrats to the WINNER!

BETHANY!





Thank you to all of you that entered!  There are 5 more giveaways right now and many more to come!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

CLOSED **WIN** DaVinci Gourmet Naturals Syrup Review and GIveaway 12/3


I recently tried DaVinci Groumet's  Naturals Syrups.  If you like making fun drinks at home these are for you.  I used the Wild Raspberry Natural Syrup in an italian soda and it was so good!  My kids loved the italian sodas.  It you haven't had an italian soda then you're missing out.  It's seltzer water or sparkling water mixed with a syrup that makes an amazing soda.  I like that I can add the amount of flavor/sweetness to my soda and make it exactly how I like.  The DaVinci Gourmet Naturals Syrups are perfect for that.  I also have been using the Hawaiian Salted Caramel Syrup in my coffee in the morning.  It's really good and once again you can control the flavor/sweetness that you want to add.  The Hawaiian Salted Caramel Syrup is made with Hawaiian Pink Sea Salt!  The DaVinci Gourmet Naturals Syrups are great because they are made with natural ingredients and flavors.  I also love the Madagascar Vanilla Naturals Syrup in my coffee.  It makes my morning coffee much more interesting!  DaVinci Gourmet makes a variety of flavored syrups and even makes Sugar Free Syrups.  I think that any of their products would be a really neat gift for someone this holiday season in a basket with some coffee or other goodies. If you want to purchase your own DaVinci Gourmet products you can find them on their website.



WIN IT!

One of my readers will win 3 DaVinci Gourmet Naturals Syrups to enjoy themselves.  

You must leave a separate comment for each entry.  You must complete the mandatory entry in order for the bonus entries to count.  You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  All entries will be verified.  Giveaway will close on 12/3/2011 at 9pm PT.  Winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  U.S. residents only.  When leaving your email in a comment you can leave your email in the antispam version if you pref er.  Example:  jsmith at whatever dot com.  

MANDATORY - Visit Davinci Gourmet and tell me a product that you would like to try.  Please leave a comment with your answer and leave an email for contacting you back.

Bonus  - Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  This is on the right sidebar and it says Join this Site.  Please leave a comment stating you did this along with an email to contact you at and your GFC name.  

Bonus - Follow my me on twitter @mommieoftwo.  Please leave a comment stating you did this along with your twitter handle and an email to contact you back at.  

Good Luck!


Disclosure - I received 3 bottles of DaVinci Gourmet Naturals Syrups for free to facilitate my review.  This has not influenced my opinion and all opinions are completely my own as always.  The sponsor is responsible for sending out the prize.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn is Amazing!





I recently tried Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn and it is so good!  I didn't want to stop eating it!  It comes in delicious flavors!  It is really hard to choose a favorite because they are all good.  I really enjoyed the White Cheddar and the Kettle Corn, but they are all delicious.  The Kettle Corn was the best Kettle Corn I have ever had.  It has a great balance of sweet and salty to it.  The Hatch Chili Con Queso is really good too if you're in the mood for a little bit of heat combined with delicious cheese.  My 4 and 6 year old loved the Movie Lovers Buttered!  I picked my son up from school today and brought him some of the Movie Lovers Buttered as a snack and he was in heaven.  I found that Oogies popcorn was fresh tasting, had amazing flavor and had no unpopped kernels in the bag.  It tastes fresh just the way popcorn should!  This is a treat that I can feel good about giving to my family.  


About Oogie's 


It comes in so many flavors!  Which flavor sounds the best?


  • Cracked Pepper and Asiago
  • Hatch Chili Con Queso
  • Kettle Corn
  • Movie Lovers Butter
  • Romano and Pesto
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Spicy Chipotle and Lime
  • Sun Dried Tomato and Parmesan
  • White Cheddar

The best part about Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn is that it's all natural, gluten free, non-gmo corn, trans fat free, cholestrol free and 100% whole grain.  This makes me love Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn even more!  

If you are interested in ordering your own Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn you can head over to their website.  This would make an amazing gift for the holidays too!



Disclosure - I received samples of Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn in order to provide my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

HEXBUG NANO Habitat Review







My 4 and 6 year old actually told me about these when they first came out.  They think they are the neatest things and they are.  What is a HEXBUG?  It's a little robotic bug that somehow magically moves around.  It is so much fun to watch them run around.  We recently had the opportunity to review the HEXBUG Nano Original Habitat Set.  I opened the box and would like to say that putting this together was very easy.  I am not fond of toys that are difficult even for me to put together.  I like that the pieces of this set just snap together.  A great part about this habitat is that the parts can be moved around and your kids can use their imagination to customize the habitat however they would like it. We had fun setting the habitat up a few different ways.  We had a really easy time changing it around and it only took about a minute or two to rearrange the habitat a different way.  I love that the habitat keeps the HEXBUGS inside it, so the little guys don't wander around your house.  I like that the habitat starts you off with two HEXBUG NANO bugs to play with.  Also, these are two rare Nano mutations that are included in the set.    This is a great starter set and my kids really enjoyed playing with it.  This would make a great holiday gift.  I would suggest not giving this to anyone under the age of 3 years old though as the HEXBUGS are small.  This is a great gift idea for kids that like robotic toys.  It's interactive and fun.  This is a toy that will hold your child's interest and they won't bore of easily.  That is always great!  This is also a lot of fun for our cat.  He was thoroughly amused by the HEXBUGS and he thought that this was a new toy for him!  HEXBUG makes other types of bugs too!  What HEXBUG do you think your child would enjoy playing with?




Want to buy your own?  You can buy the HEXBUG Nano Original Habitat Set at retailers for about $24.99.  

Disclosure - I received a HEXBUG NANO Original Habitat Set in order to facilitate my review, but this did not influence my opinion  All opinions are completely and honesly my own as always.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CLOSED Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Review and Giveaway - Ends 11/23



I recently tried Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce and was so pleased.  We used it on BBQ steaks and it was delicious.  It's a great sauce for beef, chicken, pork and anything else you can think of to put it on.  It's a little different than just a normal steak sauce.  It's much more flavorful!  It has a little zip to it, but it's not spicy.  It's great for dipping or basting while you're cooking.  I am going to try it on my grilled pork chops next.  I can't wait.  I also have heard it's great on french fries.  That sounds good too.

Do you want to win 2 bottles to try for your self?  Country Bob's will be giving one of my readers 2 of their own bottles!  

Giveaway Time - US residents only.  You must be at least 18 years of age or older.  Giveaway will end on 11/23/2011 at 9pm Pacific Time.  The winner will be chosen by random.org.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  The mandatory entry must be completed in order for the bonus to count.  The sponsor is responsible for shipping the prize.  You must leave a separate comment for each task (entry).

MANDATORY ENTRY - Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  Please leave a comment stating you did this and leave your GFC name and email in the comments (so I can contact you back.)

BONUS - Tell me what you would use Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce on.


Disclosure - I received 2 bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce in return for my honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own as always.

Peeled Snacks Review and Giveaway Ends 11/27 CLOSED


I was recently given the opportunity to try Peeled Snacks and they are great.  What are Peeled Snacks?  They are all natural dried fruit.  They are a great alternative to sugar sweetened and artificial fruit snacks!  I was sent a variety of Peeled Snacks to try - Mango, Cherry, Banana, Apple, Pineapple, and Apricot.  My favorite was the Apple, but they are all really good and healthy!  I really like that they have such amazing real fruit flavor and that's because they are made from real fruit.  They are organic too!  I love that there is nothing added to them like sugar or oils.  This is definitely something I feel good about eating and feel great giving to my kids.  Peeled Snacks can even be found at your local Starbucks throughout the US and Canada.  


One lucky reader will win an Organic Fruit Picks Variety Pack to enjoy.  This includes 12 single serving snacks  You must be a US resident and at least 18 years of age to enter.  You can complete any or all of the ways to enter.  The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  You must leave a separate comment for each task (entry).  The giveaway will close on 11/27/2011 at 9pm Pacific Time.




You can enter any or all of these ways.


1.  Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  This is on the right sidebar and says join now.  Please leave a comment with your GFC name and an email to contact you if you win.


2.  Check out the Peeled Snacks website and tell me what you would like to try.  Please leave this in a comment and leave your email in the comment so I can contact you if you win.


3.  Like Peeled Snacks on Facebook.  Please leave a comment stating you did this and also include your Facebook name and email in the comments.


4.  Follow Peeled Snacks on Twitter.  Please leave a comment stating you did this and leave your Twitter handle and email in the comments.


5  Follow me on Twitter.  Please leave a comment stating you did this and leave your Twitter handle and email in the comments.  




Disclosure - I received a sample of Peeled Snacks in order to provide my review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.  

Hot Pants are Hot - Review #hotinhotpants

What are HOTPANTS?  They are workout pants that feel like they are made out of wetsuit material.  They increase the amount that you sweat and in return can help you loose in the areas covered by the material.  HOTPANTS are made of Celu-Lite technology that makes it so your body benefits more from your workout.  I am absolutely for anything that helps make me lose weight easier!  These are great to use during your normal workout activities.





I recently received a pair of HOTPANTS to try out and was very excited to see how these work.  I love to exercise and keep in shape, but the problem lately is that I don't have as much time.  I usually get in a Tae Bo or Bootcamp workout about once a week.  I put on my HOTPANTS as soon as I got them.  I wore them around the house at first and couldn't believe that I was sweating just from wearing them around the house.  Yesterday I put them to a test and wore them during my Bootcamp workout I do on DVD.  I will say that I felt like I got more out of my workout.  The area of my body covered by the HOTPANTS definitely got a lot more sweaty.  So, I am going to take the 2 Week Challenge.  Ok so what is that?  In some that tested HOTPANTS they were able to lose 2 jean sizes in 2 weeks just by wearing their HOTPANTS.  I will be using mine during exercise and when I'm doing housework to see if I can lose 2 pants sizes.  I've taken a picture of myself in my HOTPANTS so you can see what they look like.  Hopefully I can get rid of my muffin top by wearing my HOTPANTS!





Here are some links if you want to learn more about HOTPANTS.
HOTPANTS website
HOTPANTS on Facebook
HOTPANTS on Twitter 

I received a complimentary pair of HOTPANTS in return for my honest opinion.  All opinions are completely my own as always. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Best Mom Reviews Giveaway for a Furoshiki Lunch Wrap!

Best Mom Reviews has a really neat giveaway going on.  You will have to head over to her blog to enter.  She is giving away a Furoshiki LunchWrap from EcoLunchbox.  These are a really neat new way to pack your kids lunch and make it fun.  Enter using the easy rafflecopter form.  Good luck!


You can see a picture of the cute lunchbag that is being given away on Best Mom Reviews below.  They're super cute.  Follow the link to enter at Best Mom Reviews.

Mega Bloks Thomas and Friends Party and Review #Megabloksparty


I was recently given the opportunity to host a party compliments of MomSelect and Mega Bloks.  I was sent an amazing party kit to share with my friends! 

We set up the Dieselworks playset and it was a big hit.  We had a group of kids ranging from 1 to 6 and they all enjoyed it.  It was able to keep them all entertained and they really enjoyed playing with the trains on the track.  They also seemed to enjoy that they were able to move different parts of the set around to customize the playset to their liking.  This was a big hit!

 Dieselworks playset

The Thomas at the Races and Diesel at the Dieselworks playsets are the smaller playsets featured below.  These are great too.  The kids enjoyed placing the parts where they wanted them and setting them.  They also thought it was neat that they can keep all the parts in the container.   



My take - I would recommend this for kids age 3 to 6.  This is a great interactive toy and I love how is allows them to be creative.  I found it was nice that the pieces can be moved around and they can make their own creation.  I like that all the pieces on the Mega Bloks Thomas and Friends playsets can fit together.  I love how you can expand your playset by combining them.  My kids personally enjoy taking 2 of the smaller sets - Thomas at the Races and Diesel at the Dieselworks and put them together to play.  The Thomas and Friends DVD - Day of the Diesels even adds to the fun.  This is a great DVD.  I would recommend all of these products to anyone who has a child in the range of 3 to 6 that really loves Thomas the Train.

I received the mentioned products above to host a party compliments of MomSelect and Mega Bloks.  All opinions are completely my own as always.

*Hot* 2 Pairs of Christian Siriano Pumps for under $20



Hurry and head over to Payless.com and you can get 2 pairs of these Christian Siriano Pumps for under $20 shipped.  If you use the coupon code 58697 it will bring your purchase price on 2 pairs to $13.20 and then there is $5.95 shipping.  This is a great deal because these pumps are regularly $34 each!  They are available in black and purple.  I don't know how long this will last, so if you're interested I advise purchasing soon!  


Friday, November 11, 2011

CLOSED *Win* Gogo's Crazy Bones Review and GIveaway! Ends 12/1/2011

If  you aren't familiar with these they are little toys that can fit in the palm of your hand.  You can actually fit a couple of Gogo's in the palm of your hand.  They come in all different fun shapes and colors.  My kids love to collect them!  The newest series is series 3.  Gogo's originated from an ancient game in Greece where you would throw objects about the size of a Gogo.  If you head over to the Gogo's website you can take a look at the number of different ways to play. 


Head over to the Gogo's website and find out what ones you need to finish off your collection or to interact on their fun website.  The website is a lot of fun and they even have games you and your kids can play.  They have wallpaper for your computer and if you're as Gogo's crazed as my kids are you can print out the fun Gogo's Stencils.

Want to buy your own?  You can get these fun little guys at a number of stores including Walgreens, Walmart, Target and many more stores. These would make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season too!





GIVEAWAY TIME - 1 lucky winner will receive a Gogo's prize pack - including there very own packages of Gogo's shown in the picture below.  Note- US residents only and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter.  All entries will be verified.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond by email to claim their prize.  Giveaway will close on 12/1/11 at 9pm Pacific Time.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org.  You must leave a comment for each entry.  The Mandatory entry must be completed in order for the bonus entries to count!  You must leave a separate comment for each task (entry).





Mandatory Entry - Follow my blog by Google Friend Connect.  Please leave a comment telling me you're a GFC follower and include your GFC name and an email.

Bonus - Follow me on twitter - @mommieoftwo.  Please leave a comment stating that you're following me and include your twitter handle and an email to contact you.

Bonus - Head over to Gogo's Crazy Bones Fans on Facebook and like their page.  Please leave a comment stating you did this.  Please include your Facebook name and your email in your comment. 

Bonus - Check out the the different Gogo's games that you can play and tell me in a comment what game you think your child would like the best.  Please leave a comment with your answer and leave your email too please.


NOTE - I received some samples of Gogo's Crazy Bones to review.  All opinions are completely my own as always.