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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dial Boutique Collection Sugar Cane Husk Scrub: Take Your Hand Soap Uptown. #Giveaway (CLOSED)

I was chosen to try out the latest in deep cleansing hand soap from Dial. This is not your average sink sitter.

Cookie Chips Giveaway, Hosted by It's a Mom Thing Reviews and More! #giveaway (CLOSED)

Cookie...Chips? Believe it, and enter to win your very own!

Sponsored by HannahMax Baking

Easter is around the corner and Cookie Chips from HannahMax Baking will make your holiday sweeter! 
If you are looking for a unique treat to fill your family's Easter baskets with, Cookie Chips are a perfect addition. These crispy sweets are made from whole ingredients such as milled cane sugar, creamery butter, cage-free eggs, fine chocolate, and pure bourbon vanilla. They also do not include artificial flavors or colors, preservatives, trans fats, or GMOs. 

Cookie Chips come in six different flavors: Original, Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Sugar, Sea Salted Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal Raisin.
Not only are Cookie Chips excellent fillers for baskets but they can be used to make wonderful treats for entertaining. On the HannahMax website you can find treats such as Cookie Chips ice cream sandwiches, Cookie Chips and fruit salsa, and many more! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sweetleaf Organics: Sweet Choices, No Regrets

Thanks to Moms Meet, I was introduced to the sweetest way to maintain a healthy lifestyle I'd ever seen: Sweetleaf Organics!

First, the Organic Stevia Sweetener. It's a standout in the stevia world, for sure. All of the good stuff, none of the bad, and a great sweet flavor with no aftertaste. Non-GMO as well. So work that sweet thing with the Organic Stevia packets.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Cards, Five Winners, from Mojocastle Press! #giveaway (CLOSED)

I know, Amazon gift cards rock out loud. But who is Mojocastle Press, and why are they being so nice?

I'm glad you asked.

Mojocastle Press is an advance-paying, royalty paying small press that specializes in romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Yes, like that Fifty Shades of Grey thing. But they've been around longer, and have the selection to prove it. Whatever trips your trigger or lights your candle, they've got it, from m/m to historical romance to sci-fi chick fic to stories with serious kink. For example, their current new releases are:

 So they're giving away Amazon gift cards. No pressure, but they COULD be used to check out these and their other fabulous titles, since they're available on there and many other third party sites. Check the home site here for more information.

So what are you waiting for? Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Fulfillment will be via ecards delivered through a valid email from Mojocastle Press, the sponsor. All entries are subject to verification. Bloggers involved in the promotion of this giveaway are not responsible for the fulfillment of the prizes. Please contact Mojocastle Press with any concerns about the fulfillment of prizes.

Quaker Steel Cut 3-Minute Oatmeal: Get Your Goodness on Fast!

I discovered steel cut oats a couple of years ago when trying a new diet plan. While I loved the nutty goodness, they do require major prep.

Then BzzAgent showed me the way, and let me try it for free!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Leo’s Pad Enrichment Program: Quiet Toddler, LEARNING Toddler!

I was recently chose for a campaign via BzzAgent to try a new learning app from Kidaptive: Leo's Pad Enrichment Program!

Image courtesy of

This app follows the adventures of a young Leonardo DaVinci with the fanciful addition of a pink dragon friend named Cinder. There are cameos from other groundbreaking people in history, which adds another whole dimension to the story.

Time to Show Off my Princess #DisneySide...With Twinings Tea!

I hinted in my last post that I was planning a second event involving Twinings Tea, who generously gifted me with a selection of their herbal teas as part of my DisneySide Home Celebration via BSM Media. What's more fun than a tea party?

Yes, that's my tea set, ready to be combined with Twinings Tea Assorted Herbal Bags for a wonderful relaxing adult moment. But what is there for the kids at this party?

Glad you asked.

A Princess Tea Party setup, with safe plastic teacups and "tea" made from pineapple soda and natural juice fruit punch. I added the Cars elements so that boy guests wouldn't be overwhelmed by the pink.

Disney Cars, Elsa, and Rainbow Cake: My #DisneySide!

I was one of the lucky ones chosen to put on a DisneySide Home Celebration via BSM Media. My luck was even better than I thought, because my theme was a favorite in my household: Disney Cars! Check out the MORE than generous party pack, which included lovely gifts from All, Snuggle and Wisk!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Orajel Single Dose + Moisturizer Cold Sore Treatment: Take The Pain Out of Cold Sores...For Real

I don't get cold sores often, but when I do, I am not a happy bunny. They're always the deep, really painful kind that linger forever. But thanks to Smiley360, I will suffer no more.

Orajel for cold sores. Yes, the people who have saved my bee-hind on many an occasion, from baby teething woes to my own dental disasters, now have yet another way to make my mouth happy.

How does it work?

Easy as pie. First, you Treat. Under the clever blue tube is a ready-to-go swab. Squeeze and apply to the cold sore, kinda like a lip balm. Easy and VERY's not drippy or messy.

Next, it's time to Soothe. Apply a dab of the included feels awesome. A nice gel, not runny or sticky.

Only two doses in a pack? That's crazy!

No, it isn't. Even with my bottomless, painful sore, one dose did the trick, with a couple of applications of the moisturizer. For real. So if you're like me, with the occasional whopper, or a constant sufferer, you want this. Seriously.

Check it out here. And if you hustle, there's even a fabulous rebate offer, available until 4/30/15. Go HERE.

I received products from Smiley360 for testing and review purposes. My opinions and gross lip issues are my own.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jackpot Candles Giveaway, Hosted by Sassy Mom, 2 Spoiled Bratz! #giveaway

Sassy Mom, 2 Spoiled Bratz
and Jackpot Candles  teamed up to bring you a giveaway for one Jackpot Candle!

A delish smelling candle plus a can you go wrong, amiright?
     This giveaway is in no way endorsed, associated or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter
    or any other Social Media Networking sites. This giveaway is valid in the Continental
    United States and entrant must be 18+ years of age to enter. 
    The bloggers promoting and hosting this giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Jackpot Candle will be in charge of that.   

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Nickelodeon Easter DVD Giveaway, Via Kathy's Savings! #Giveaway

    I know my kids would go nuts to have this show up at their door. Go enter!

    Welcome to the Nickelodeon Easter DVDs Giveaway
    Sponsored by Nickelodeon
    Hosted by Kathy's Savings


    This giveaway is for 5 Nickelodeon DVDs. These would make a perfect gift for a child's Easter basket! You can enter below for your chance to win. This giveaway is for the U.S. only. It will run from 3/17-3/27. Good luck to everyone.

    Disclosure: Kathy's Savings and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. The giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn.

    Dial Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash: Healthy and Soft Skin For The Win. Giveaway! (CLOSED)

    As a member of Purex Insiders, I was chosen to try out the latest skin care product from Dial: Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash!

    The Miracle Oil is caring Marula oil, which is combined with Micro Oil Technology to give you a fresh body wash that leaves you with soft skin, but still rinses clean, without residue. Don't still get all the lovely suds that make Dial Body Wash so luxurious. And it really does moisturize well. Even without lotion, my skin felt much softer after I got out of the shower, and it took a beating with this winter weather, so that's saying something.

    The scent is just awesome. It's a slightly musky, more upscale, with just a hint of a fruity note. It's perfect with a wide range of other scents. It melded particularly well with my honeysuckle perfume.

    Want some for yourself? Of course you do. And you have a chance...I'm giving away three free coupons to try it and enjoy healthier and softer skin on your own. No need to take my word for it! Enter now!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway I received product for testing and review purposes. My opinions and inclination for honeysuckle are my own.

    Prizes will be sent via USPS. Blogger is not responsible for lost or stolen mail.

    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    Turkey: Not Just for Holidays Anymore! #GIVEAWAY

    We're all about turkey at Thanksgiving and other holidays. That's a very limited viewpoint, because turkey is delicious, diverse, healthy and best of Especially around said holidays. If you have a big chest freezer, hook yourself up with a couple. Once the holiday pig-out is over, revisit your freezer and give that big bird another go.

    First, of course, I roast the bird. This is a 21 pound turkey I received via Heartland Home Foods delivery, which made it that much easier to get started. My technique is simple: melted butter, salt and herbs, tamped under the skin and rubbed on top. I start it breast side down, then flip halfway through the cooking time. Voila.

    First, of course, is a nice hot turkey dinner. I simmered barley in a chicken broth enhanced with some Indian spices, and added diced carrots. Yes, barley. Don't fear it as a side really is as diverse as rice, and very tasty.

    So that's a nice start...but now the intimidating part: leftovers. To start out the process, I'm a huge fan of a nice turkey sandwich. Some sliced turkey breast, a little back, lettuce, tomato and mayo...perfection. To make things easier, you can thinly slice a breast right away and you're good to go. It also earmarks it for a purpose, which may deter the nibblers and pickers.

    But you can only eat so many sandwiches, right? So how about turkey curry?

    Don't worry, it's easier than you think. Just pick up a jar of curry paste. Shred your meat, add an equal amount of broth, and then flavor with the curry paste to taste. A dash of cumin adds a bit more kick, should you be inclined. The leftover barley side dish made a perfect rice substitute, especially with its own hint of Indian spices.

    Now, dark meat has a stronger flavor, which is the reason people either like it or they don't. It also can make it difficult to use in a recipe. So I pondered the flavors that work well with other stronger meat flavors, like lamb. Behold: Mediterranean Turkey Lettuce Wraps.

    There are tons of ready-made marinades, or if you prefer, you can use mine. This is courtesy of my mother-in-law.

    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/6 cup red wine vinegar
    3/4 tsp dried oregano
    1/2 tbs minced garlic
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper

    Mix all ingredients together in a food processor, and blend until smooth.

    I put the cut-up meat in a bag with the marinade, and let it sit overnight. I poured the contents, marinade and all, into a pan and warmed it up, then plated it on romaine lettuce and added a dash of Parmesan cheese. Light, but tasty and filling.

    And of course, it wouldn't be turkey leftovers without the casserole. This is ours, known as Amish Chicken Casserole, also via my mother-in-law, though with turkey, of course. I'm sworn to secrecy, but we all have our favorites...feel free to share yours if you like. I like to mix up the pasta shapes to make it fun.

    The rule of thumb is that in most cases, if you can use chicken, you can use turkey. So thaw that bird without fear, and get to creating!

    Still nervous? How would you like to win a turkey breast of your very own to experiment with? If you're in the delivery area of Heartland Home Foods (the entire Washington/Baltimore Market and extended suburbs from Northern Virginia through Southern Pennsylvania), you totally can. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THAT SELECT DELIVERY AREA. I CAN ONLY AWARD A PRIZE TO THAT AREA.

    Enter below!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway Prize is a 1- 6 pound boneless turkey breast from the distributor, Heartland Home Foods. Winner must live in the designated delivery area of Heartland Home Foods (Washington D.C /Baltimore Market and extended suburbs from Northern Virginia through Southern Pennsylvania) and will be subject to verification. Prize will be fulfilled by Heartland Home Foods to the verified winner. This blogger and any other bloggers who promote this giveaway are not responsible for the fulfillment of the prize.

    I received products from Heartland Home Foods for testing purposes. My opinions and love for curry are my own.

    Sunday, March 8, 2015

    IRobot Roomba 870: Entertainment and Timesaver in One!

    I was one of the lucky few chosen by for the IRobot Roomba Red Carpet House Party, and I was totally over the moon about it. Because Roomba. Serious cleaning tech.

    Yes, the robot/vacuum cleaner that runs by itself. What busy mom wouldn't be excited, right? So, you also get the docking station and the perfect accessory: the Auto Virtual Wall.

    The Auto Virtual Wall is a handy little device that tells the Roomba where not to go, and it works fabulously. It can cover doorways up to seven feet. I put it between my living room and kitchen, and the happy little robot turned away every time.

    First up, you find a good location for the Dock, and let it charge. When you first plug it in, it'll have a blinking amber light. It's best to not disturb it when it's doing that initial charge, which is why that carpet around it looks less than perfect. You want a clear outlet that's not blocked in by anything, like this:

    You then just hit the Clean button, and off it goes. You can also schedule it to run at a specific time each day. Make sure you warn people if you do that, can be a bit startling, albeit amusing. There's also a Spot Clean mode for those sudden crumb attacks that kids are prone to.

    Once it's done, it returns to the Dock and recharges. You can also hit the Dock button and send it back home whenever you like. You do need to empty it, and to keep it at its best, it's a good idea to do that after every use.

    I was concerned that because I have a bit of clutter in my living room, it would have trouble doing its job, especially with the foam tiles I have in the play area. The Roomba took it on just fine, and did all the jobs my usual vacuum could, without my having to swap the hoses and lug it around. It's also very kid and pet's not at all as loud as my other vac. I was even able to run it at night without waking people. It's also very aware of people and animals and diverts handily. And it has serious cleaning got dust out of my carpet that my upright missed.

    Don't believe me? Check out my video! Note how it turns right around when it gets near The Auto Virtual Wall in the doorway. No cats were harmed in the making of this video, though he was pretty confused.

     For more info, check out their site HERE.

    I received products from House Party and IRobot for sharing and review purposes. My opinions and VERY curious cat are my own.