Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wholly Guacamole is trying to get their Salsa on the shelves at your local Walmart!!!
Let's help them make it, by clicking on this link, and voting for them!!! You can vote once a day until April 4th!!
You can also check out this cute video below!!
Yes, you read it right. 24 awesome bloggers and myself will be heading to New York City April 27th-29th for the Tribeca Film Festival's Red Carpet Screening of Marvels The Avengers!!
I am so excited to honor our everyday hero's during this event. Policemen, Firemen, EMT's and our Military Personal. The folks who risk their lives every day to keep us safe and healthy!!
This will be the first time I have gone on an event like this. I am so nervous. There is a lot to plan. What to wear was obviously the first question I had (going dress shopping this afternoon!!)
I went and got my hair cut and dyed on Thursday. That way the highlights calm down (they are very bright right away.)
I know I need to get my nails done, but that will wait until closer so they still look pretty!!
I have a couple different style dresses in mind. I can't wait to show you all what I picked!!
I want to make sure to give a HUGE thank you to Marshall for this opportunity!!! You have no idea how much this means to me!!
I also want to thank each of the 24 bloggers going with me. I have been friends with some of you online for so long, that I am completely shaking with excitement to finally meet you!!! You are all my celebrities too!!!
Jennifer from 5 Minutes For Mom
Jennifer from Eighty MPH Mom
Leanette from Teach Me 2 Save
Sunny from Babble.com
TerriAnn from Cookies and Clogs
Yolanda from Sassy Mama in L.A.
Kristy from Adventures of a Couponista
Crystal from Simply Being Mommy
Jeana from Deals4Dummies
Leslie from 24/7 Moms
Brandy from Not So Average Mama
Vanessa from The Queen Of Swag
Alicia from The Mama Report
Enza from Enza's Bargains
Stacie from Simply Stacie
Kim from 2 Kids and a Coupon
Heather from Our Kids Mom
Jeanne from Inside Out Motherhood
Darcy from Tales From The Nursery
Emily from Family and Life in Las Vegas
Lolo from Crazy About My Baybah
Carey from KidsTVMovies.About.com
Louise from Mom Start
Kasandria from Southern Bella's Ways to Save
**All opinions expressed are 100% my own. This trip is 100% paid for thanks to Marvel/Disney**
For 10 Days starting today 3/31, Target is offering a new toy deal for Easter.
Here is today's deal-
10 Days of Easter Toys - Disney Classic Plush for $9.99 - 3/31 ONLY!
Friday, March 30, 2012
$35 Starbucks Gift Card 4-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!!
A few AWESOME Bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $35 Starbucks Gift Card! We believe in quick, small, and easy giveaways! Our giveaways only have a FEW entries to fill out and you will know if you WIN in just a couple of hours! WHAT FUN! Good luck on tonight's giveaway! See you back on Monday for another great FLASH giveaway!
Here are our WONDERFUL participating sites for this evening's 4-Hour FLASH Giveaway!! Check out these awesome sites when you have time!
*NOTE: You can choose PayPal/Amazon GC in substitution of the Starbucks GC.
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With Easter just around the corner, I have been trying to think of new, non candy ideas for the boys baskets.
Every year, between the bunny, my parents, and Ben's family, the boys get too much. We used to bring some of it to work with us, just to spread the wealth!!
So this year, we decided the boys will get one chocolate bunny, and then other fun items. My Mom got them Jelly Bean smelling bath soap, and new sheets for their beds!!
The bunny is filling their basket with toys. One of the great toys from Learning Resources that Doug is getting is the Farmers Market Color Sorting Set.
This is a 30 piece set with 5 Bushel Baskets, and 25 Fruits and Veggies.
Each Fruit or Veggie is colored and can be sorted in it's correct color coded bushel.
It can also be used as a counting game to help teach your child his/her numbers.
What I personally love the most about the set is that it's a harder plastic, which means it will last a long time!! I can't tell you how many times we have bought play food, and it is broken in 10 minutes. This set is perfect.
If you are looking for an alternative to all that candy, give Learning Resources toys a shot!!
I am very excited that the good folks at Learning Resources are giving one of you the same Farmers Market set that I got!!
When her twin is kidnapped in Southern France, Robyn Gabriel has six days to steal the precious Voynich manuscript from a bunker-like library at Yale University and break its code--a feat no cryptologist, linguist, scientist or software engineer has ever been able to accomplish. The Federal Reserve can't allow that. Now, they want her dead. Caught between kidnappers and killers, from Florida to Austria, from France to New York, Robyn, shattered by the revelation of the origin of her own family, lifts each layer of a hundred-year-old conspiracy involving the Jesuits, the Federal Reserve, China and the sinking of the Titanic, and discovers the terrible pact that ensured the United States' financial supremacy.
If you love a good mystery with some historical twists, then this book is for you!!
Robin is a treasure hunter. Even though she is a twin, she doesn't have much in common with her Sister.
When Robin receives a phone call that her Sister has been injured, the miles between them drift away and Robin is by her Sisters side.
With many questions about how Sybil became injured arise, Robin takes it upon herself to find the answers.
In this fast pace, action packed book, you never know what's going to happen next. Murder, Mystery, Sex, and Intrigue will keep you on your toes!!
I do have to warn you that there is a lot of Adult content, so this book may not be suitable for certain ages.
Over all, Diane gets 4 out of 5 stars from me!!
I am very happy to be able to give one of you the chance to read Vaults Of Power thanks to Diane Echer!!
Everything you need for Easter entertaining! Save up to 25% off selected dinnerware at Sears.ca!
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In case you haven't gotten enough of my Flash Cash Giveaways, tonight I am involved in two!!!
That's right, starting at 8pm, you have the chance to win a $35 Starbucks Gift Card (or cash!!) hosted by Mama Luvs Books. This giveaway is only open from 8pm est- Midnight tonight!!
You also have the chance to win cash (at least $30) thanks to Mom Blog Society!! This giveaway will last until Sunday 8pm est.
Make sure you stop by to enter!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Ultimate Baby Shower blog is looking for bloggers to sign up for the Facebook Frenzy. It is free to join. All you need to do is post the giveaway!! The prize is $100 cash. Each blogger gets their Facebook link included.
Head over here and take a look to sign up!! Giveaway starts 4/4!!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
$30 Amazon Gift Card 4-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!!
A few AWESOME Bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $30 Amazon Gift Card! We believe in quick, small, and easy giveaways! Our giveaways only have a FEW entries to fill out and you will know if you WIN in just a couple of hours! WHAT FUN! Good luck on tonight's giveaway! See you back on Friday for another great FLASH giveaway!
Here are our WONDERFUL participating sites for this evening's 4-Hour FLASH Giveaway!! Check out these awesome sites when you have time!
*NOTE: You can choose PayPal CASH in substitution of the Amazon GC.
As my boys are getting older, and we are starting to sort through some of their things and saying goodbye to the baby items, it makes me sad. It's hard to believe that they are 3 and 6 years old!!
Part of me misses the baby days. Babies are so cute and little. You can dress them up, hug them, and carry them!!
Then again, babies are a lot of work. They sleep in short bursts, have to be fed and changed a lot, and they don't play on their own!! lol
Unfortunately for me, I can't even get a baby fix from anyone else. My siblings are not at that point, and all of Ben's siblings and cousins have had their kids at the same time we did (we are all very similar in age!!)
I can look back and think fondly of the baby days!! One of the things I remember is my baby showers!! Yes, I had two (both for Ben Jr)
Most of my family was in Vermont, and all of Ben's is in Boston. It was just easier to have two showers!!
My families shower was more the traditional route. It was just girls at the shower, and then the boys came afterwards for food!!!
My Mother in Law had a more modern shower with everyone. We have a large family, so it was a lot of fun!!
By accident, I was told that we were having a boy (we didn't want to know) so both showers were full of blues, greens and yellows. No pinks for me!!
Both Mothers got very cute invites for the showers. I saved them!!!
Tiny Prints has some beautiful invites for all different types of showers. Whatever your theme, colors etc, you can find them at Tiny Prints.
Here are a couple of my favorites-
Cuddly Clothesline: Rose
Tea and Treats: Deep Turquoise
Right now I am very excited to give one reader 30 invitations (of their choosing!) thanks to the good folks at Tiny Prints!!
I know that it is hard for some women to get pregnant when they want to. There are a lot of different factors behind conceiving and many potential problems. We didn't have any issues getting pregnant, it was just maintaining the pregnancy that was our issue!! Neither boy wanted to stay past 29 weeks.
The good folks at LeRoche Benicoeur Laboratoire Pharmaceutique have come up with a great kit to help anyone on the road to being a mommy.
What: TTC Kit - The product is for the exclusive new Trying to Conceive (TTC) Starter Kit ™ (a $152 value). The TTC Kit is an all-in-one, natural, proven solution for helping mommies-to-be conceive sooner and easier than ever before. You will receive Conceive Easy's Months 1 and 2 Starter Pack and can also choose to customize your new TTC Kit with one of the following exclusive bonus gifts:
Bonus gift #1: 20 Early Result Pregnancy Tests Bonus gift #2: 20 One-Step Ovulation Tests Bonus gift #3: 10 Pregnancy and 10 Ovulation Tests
I am very excited to be able to offer one reader their own TTC kit with a bonus gift of their choosing thanks to LBC Health Group.
Don't forget starting at 8pm, you can enter on this site to win a $30 Amazon gift card!!! Perfect for some Easter gifts!!!
CHATMAN, SMART AND FUNNY COMPUTER FRIEND FOR CHILDREN MAKES ITS U.S. DEBUT
Cheerful, emotive figure helps make computer time more fun, productive and safe
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, March, 2012 - Penny Black Digital, in partnership with Israeli-based Rondyo Ltd., introduces Chatman, the first and only artificially intelligent computer friend designed to make online chat sessions, web surfing, games, and homework more fun, creative, and safe. Just plug Chatman into a computer with the built-in USB cable (no batteries or power cord required), download the software CD, and log into www.mychatman.com with the provided access code to get started. This cool, smart and funny friend sits by a child‘s computer and interacts with him/her via direct chatting or by responding to their internet chats with friends (if they use Facebook®, MSN™, or Skype™).
Appropriate for children ages 6-12, Chatman talks, moves eyes, hands and ears, and has a unique animated LED mouth. Just like a friend, Chatman learns languages, context and mood, and expresses emotions. His personality is so real, it feels like he is alive!
In addition to providing education and fun, one of Chatman’s important features is the integration of parental controls that keeps a child safe online. Chatman allows peace of mind for parents by working with and filtering a child’s online conversations on Facebook®, Skype™ and MSN® Messenger. Chatman alerts when inappropriate web searches are attempted and, since it’s not a stand-alone chat platform, there are no worries about “stranger danger”.
“Computers are part of everyday life for children at home and at school,” said Jose Sabates, President of Atlanta-based Penny Black Digital, North America’s distributor of Chatman. “As wonderful as that is, children typically could use some additional guidance and help when they are doing homework, socializing, or checking out cool-sounding videos and websites. Chatman is a best friend that kids love and parents approve of and feel good about. “
Other Chatman features include:
· Help with homework – ask Chatman a question and he will either answer or will help your child browse for the answer online (filtering out inappropriate content.)
· Access to more than 1,000 children-friendly games and videos.
· A way to keep children organized with a tool allowing them to set reminders and alarms for birthdays, tests, sports and more.
· Software which supports both Windows (XP with Service Pack 3 or higher, Vista or Seven) and Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6 or higher systems
Chatman was created and developed by Rondyo co-founders Joseph Levy and Doron Frenkel with a goal of providing children with a computer device that would be entertaining, educational and safe. The result was Chatman, the next best thing to a real friend who is there for children when they are online, whether they’re playing games, searching videos, or doing homework, and keeps them safe from common internet hazards. Chatman’s migration to America follows its successful debut in Israel in 2010. North America distribution of Chatman will be handled by Atlanta-based Penny Black Digital in partnership with Israeli-based Rondyo Ltd,.
Chatman’s recommended retail price is $69.95-$74.95. Chatman is available at toysrus.com, bestbuy.com, HSN.com and target.com. Chatman can also be found in-store at Toys “R” Us Times Square in New York City, with more online and in-store retailers coming soon. Through a special Spring Break promotion, toysrus.com is offering special pricing on Chatman for a limited time, through mid-April of $49.99, http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12351155&prodFindSrc=search.
For more information visit www.mychatman.com, or go to
· Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mychatmanfriend
· Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/chatmanfriend
· YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/chatmanfriend
About Chatman and Rondyo Ltd.
Chatman is the first and only artificially intelligent computer friend for children designed to make online chat sessions, web surfing, games, and homework more fun, creative, and safe. Developed in 2010 by Israeli-based Rondyo Ltd. co-founders Joseph Levy and Doron Frenkel, Chatman is the smartest thing on a child’s desk and the next best thing to a real living friend. Chatman talks and recognizes over 15,000 words, and has 2,000 movements and 30 moods. Ideal for children ages 6-12, Chatman also filters words and web content based on parental controls helping to keep children safe on the Internet. Chatman is available for a suggested retail price of $69.95-$74.95. Chatman can be purchased at toysrus.com, bestbuy.com, HSN.com and target.com. Chatman can also be found in-store at Toys “R” Us Times Square in New York City. For more information visit www.mychatman.com.
THREE NEW LITERACY-PACKED SUPER WHY EPISODES COME TO DVD IN
“SUPER WHY: AROUND THE WORLD ADVENTURE”
Newest DVD Installment of Top-Rated Preschool Series from Out of the Blue to Be Available from PBS Distribution – June 19
Release to Coincide with Special June 15 Premiere on PBS KIDS
Arlington, Va. – March 28, 2012 – PBS Distribution today announced the upcoming release of “SUPER WHY: AROUND THE WORLD ADVENTURE” on DVD. SUPER WHY is a breakthrough preschool series from Out of the Blue Enterprises designed to help kids ages 3 to 6 with the critical skills they need to learn to read, as recommended by the National Reading Panel (alphabet, word families, spelling, comprehension and vocabulary). The standout, imagination-stimulating series focuses on the adventures of four fairytale friends who transform into reading-powered superheroes. The special DVD compilation is the first to feature Woofster, the new book-loving puppy pal with Dictionary Power, who made his tail-wagging debut on the popular series in fall 2011. The new title also features two episodes, “Around the World Adventure” and “Naila and the Magic Map,” which will premiere during the special “SUPER WHY Around the World Adventure” on-air event, June 15 on PBS KIDS. The “AROUND THE WORLD ADVENTURE” DVD debuts June 19, 2012.
In addition to its trio of fun- and learning-packed episodes, the “SUPER WHY: AROUND THE WORLD ADVENTURE” DVD features bonus materials, including interactive games, music videos, printable activity and coloring pages, as well as valuable resources for parents to use with their budding super readers at home. The new DVD includes:
Around the World Adventure – With the help of their teacher, Whyatt and his friends contact a girl from another school over the computer, but they wonder where she lives. The Super Readers along with Woofster take a trip around the world with a wacky explorer named Wobblebottom, who is on the hunt for his friend Sophie. Will they be able to help Wobblebottom find his friend, or will they be destined to “Wobble” around the globe indefinitely?
Educational Objectives – Preschoolers learn about geography; use the alphabet to identify the letters R, O, P, E; practice spelling; and discover the meaning of the word “quicksand.”
Naila and the Magic Map – Pig and his friends are playing when they find what looks like an Egyptian treasure map. But they can't make out the symbols! To search for answers, the Super Readers and their canine companion soar into the book, “Naila and the Magic Map,” to explore the world of ancient Egypt. Will they be able to help Naila unravel the mysterious code that unlocks the mystery of the treasure?
Educational Objectives – Young viewers learn about Egypt; use the alphabet; rhyme with ISH words; and discover the meaning of the word “sphinx.”
Jasper's Cowboy Wish – Howdy Partner! Whyatt and his friends are playing cowboys, but Pig can't join in because he doesn't know what cowboys do. The Super Readers and Woofster jump into the tale, “Jasper's Cowboy Wish,” and make the acquaintance of a cowpoke named Jasper who's desperate to become a rompin' stompin' cowboy, if only he could get the hang of it. When Jasper must use his cowboy skills to save the day, will he become a hero...or will this be his last roundup?
Educational Objectives – Preschoolers explore the Old West; sing the alphabet; practice the magic of spelling; and learn the meaning of the word “saddle.”
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for children, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
About Out of the Blue Enterprises
Out of the Blue Enterprises is dedicated to developing a groundbreaking portfolio of individually-targeted children’s entertainment properties under the direction of a proven management team led by Co-Founders Angela C. Santomero, M.A. developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Creator of the preschool entertainment phenomenon, Blue’s Clues, and Samantha Freeman, MBA from Harvard Business School and former Nickelodeon entertainment and toy industry executive. The company creates breakthrough, interactive and curriculum-based entertainment concepts that span a variety of viable platforms, including television, video, publishing and consumer products. In doing so, Out of the Blue stimulates the minds of kids and families, involves them in fresh and original ways and elevates their educational entertainment experiences to a whole new level.
About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally. Jointly owned by PBS (Arlington, VA) and WGBH (Boston, MA), PBS Distribution extends the reach of public television programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.
PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films (Prohibition, The National Parks, The War, Baseball, Jazz), documentaries from award-winning series NOVA (The Elegant Universe, Origins), FRONTLINE (God in America, Bush’s War, Growing Up Online), and American Experience (Freedom Riders, We Shall Remain), dramas from Masterpiece (Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, Inspector Lewis), films from independent producers (Easy Yoga for Arthritis, The Buddha, The Story of India, Carrier, Journey into Buddhism, I.O.U.S.A.), and popular children’s programming from Dinosaur Train, Super Why!, WordGirl, Cyberchase, Martha Speaks, and Arthur. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS- branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including the internet, mobile, and web-connected television.
SUPER WHY: AROUND THE WORLD ADVENTURE
Street Date: June 19, 2012
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Bonus Features: Interactive games, music videos, printable activities and coloring pages, and resources for parents
It's that time of year again. Spring. Where happy couples walk down the isle and say I do!!
I had soooo much fun planning my wedding. Ben and I were engaged for 4 years to give us plenty of time to plan and pay for the wedding ourselves. (It was very expensive!!)
One of the hardest choices I had to make was the Wedding invitations. There are so many beautiful invites out there, and I had no clue exactly what I wanted. I actually bought my cake topper first, and matched the invites to that!!
If you are looking for that perfect design, check out the creative wedding invite ideas at Bride and Groom Weddings.
Here are a couple of my favorites. I looked for my invite, but I guess my design is out of date!!!
Romantic Heart Evening Invitation-
The smooth white or cream board used for this set of stationery it is die cut and features pearl flowers and hearts highlighted with silver or gold foil.
March Sale Item – 30% off day and evening invites, and 50% off matching stationery items in this range! (Design discounted at checkout).
Duet Day Invitation-
Embossed with romantic roses on a shimmering pearl card, this is an elegant, modern version of a classic non-folding invitation.
Choose from our range of typefaces and ink colours to make it truly your own.
If you are looking for that perfect invitation, check out Bride and Groom Weddings!!
**All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was compensated for this post.**