Friday, April 29, 2011

Lil' Teammates - Review and Giveaway

My husband is a huge sports fans! We definitely go from one sport to the next and often find ourselves overlapping which can make for some tough decisions about what game to watch. So when I saw the Lil' Teammates I knew my husband would go crazy for them! He loves to show his team pride on his desk at work and that's where these guys proudly reside.

Lil' Teammates are really awesome collectible toys offered by the company The Party Animal. They are officially licensed with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and over 65 colleges... ensuring you are sure to find some, if not all, of your favorites! These little guys stand about 3" tall but have a profound presence with their fabulous features.

My husband was super excited when he opened his box of Lil' Teammates to find his favorite teams represented. His NY Rangers player was by far the favorite, but the Yankees players came in a very close second.

These are perfect for the sports fan in your life. Whether they are being displayed proudly in a safe place, or used for imaginative play, they are great! You can find them at many retailers or you can purchase them online at a very reasonable price of about $7.99 per figure. Can't beat it!

GIVEAWAY: 3 lucky winners will be able to choose 2 figures each!

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This giveaway ends on May 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ebeanstalk.com Review


I spend a lot of time browsing the Internet for what I "think" would be good toys for my daughter. I have purchased puzzles that my daughter was no where near ready for. I have purchased toys that were too young for her and ended up never getting used. I have guessed my way along the way and have succeeded and failed. I think this is pretty typical for parents. As a teacher I thought I would be a little more on the ball. I thought I had an edge because I knew about child development and knew the importance of finding educational toys that are engaging and fun. But my experience has only taken me so far and I still often find myself stumped as I hunt for toys for 2 year olds.

ebeanstalk.com is a great site for helping to navigate those unknown waters. Picking out toys for your children should be an exciting and fun task, but when you are lost it can seem daunting. ebeanstalk.com takes the guess work out of finding developmentally appropriate toys. They have compiled a team of experts that include an occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, special educator, and clinical psychologist. This team has selected the best learning toys and then matched them to each stage of development.

The site is easy to navigate and has allowed me to search for the top selling toys for 2 year olds in no time at all. You can even narrow it down and search for toys for 2 year old girls or toys for 2 year old boys. I also really like that when you look at an item it lists the age and then a target age, which may be a bit more specific. For example the age may be 2 but the target age may be 2.5. This is key because it really does illustrate how quickly children develop at this young age and how something may not be ideally appropriate at 2 but right on target at 2.5.

I think that ebeanstalk.com offers a nice selection of items in an organized and accessible way. I have enjoyed browsing the different age groups and feel like I've had a better glimpse into what my daughter will be playing with at some different developmental stages. I would recommend that you check out the site and see all that they have to offer.

Hair Coverings Review and Giveaway

I love hair accessories! I have a lot of long thick hair and I have pretty much no time to do anything with it. It's wavy so it needs to be blow dried and straightened to look presentable. If I let it go natural I look a lot like a lion. So since my hair is often thrown up in a ponytail or pushed back with a headband having the "right" accessories means a lot. You can easily go from super casual to super chic with the simple addition of a flower in your hair. You can give your hair a new dimension by swapping out that ponytail holder with a stylish clip. It takes only a moment and the right accessories.

The Hair Coverings Store could easily be your one stop shopping for all your hair accessory needs. They have everything! And do I mean everything! Hard headbands, thin headbands, headbands with appliques, hair clips, banana clips, pony loops, hat, scarves, you name it! I was excited to be able to browse their selection and pick an item to review.

Since I have spring and summer very heavily on my mind I decided to go with a headband with a beautiful white flower applique on it. It's something so simple that takes your look to a new level! Simply toss this headband in your hair and you look like you are ready for a garden party. It's well made and stylish.

The Hair Coverings Store also has some hair accessories for babies and kids! I am waiting for the day that my daughter has a little more hair. Now it's a bit of a struggle to get clips to stay in her super fine locks. But they offer headbands and clips that are so cute!

GIVEAWAY: One Reader will receive a $25 box of surprise hair accessories
 
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MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Haircoverings.com and tell me one item you love!

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This giveaway is open world wide.
This giveaway ends on May 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Winner!

Random.org has chosen our winner for the Harry Potter Giveaway!!

#57 - Anonymous

Congratulations to our winner! An e-mail notification has been sent. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or we will have to choose another winner.
Thank you to everyone who entered!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Winners!

Random.org has chosen our winners for the Gorton's, Energizer, and Crane Giveaways!!

Gorton's - #73 Matthew and #37 Gabbylow and #51 Krista
Energizer - #21 Jenerally Speaking
Crane - #89 Emmy's Closet

Congratulations to our winners! E-mail notifications have been sent. The winners will have 48 hours to respond or we will have to choose another winner.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Smashburger - The New Jersey Burger Review

I am really excited by the number of Smashburgers popping up all around my area. I was fortunate enough to be able to be at two of their openings and experience the menu offered first hand. Their menu features a variety of items from chicken sandwiches to salads to of course, burgers. With their own unique style of preparation, presentation, and dining experience, Smashburger has quickly climbed to the top of our list of family favorites for dinners out.

In my past visits I have tried a variety of items but I had never tried the New Jersey Burger. I'm a Jersey girl... I gotta try it! So I was excited when I was invited to head to my local Smashburger in Florham Park and give it a try.


Smashburger, the nation’s fastest growing “better burger” restaurant, is the only national chain to serve localized burgers inspired by favorite local flavors. In New Jersey, residents can enjoy a custom burger built to satisfy their local palate: the New Jersey Burger.


After researching and testing the most popular ingredient combinations desired by New Jerseyans, the Smashburger team introduced the New Jersey Burger in 2009.  Fans immediately made it one of the most popular sandwiches on the menu.  


100% Angus Beef smashed, seared and seasoned to perfection, the New Jersey Burger is topped with everything that residents of the Garden State crave: Applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, grilled onions, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a fresh onion bun.


My take.... amazing! Seriously delicious. I have never been disappointed by a burger, their Smashfries, one oft he fabulous Oreo shakes, or any other item from their menu, so I'm not too surprised that the New Jersey Burger lands right up their with my other favorites.
Another favorite that I have to get each and every time I visit a Smashburger is the Fried Pickles. They come with an amazing dipping sauce and have the most unique flavor. I highly recommend them!

Check out Smashburger's website to find a location near you and head over to check out their delicious menu!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Idea - Snap Totes Review

If you are a frequent visitor to my blog then you know that I love personalized items! I crave things that no one else has. Things that are specific to my children. Things that have meaning beyond the physical item. Back in September I had the opportunity to review an item from Snap Totes. To me Snap Totes is the perfect place to get something completely functional in a personalized and meaningful way.

Snap Totes creates handbags, beach bags, tote bags and more by adding your personalized photos. It's the coolest thing. You can have it so that your photo is the whole surface of the bag, or you can design it to have multiple pictures. It can be done to fit your personality! And they have so many different kinds of bags with different shapes and sizes that you will surely find the perfect match for you!

I was lucky enough to be able to design a bag for my previous review. You can check that review out HERE.  But they now have a new item that is totally right up my alley! Snap Totes has come out with an iPad Sleeve.
Our personalized iPad sleeves are the perfect way to express your individuality and protect your iPad at the same time. Made of soluble-backed neoprene, our form-fitting protective sleeves are easily personalized with the image(s) of your choosing. 
Simply upload your favorite image and we'll walk you through the rest.

My iPad goes everywhere with me. So having this stylish case that will protect it is great! But having it personalized with my own photo is even better! No one will have the same case as me. I decided to go classic and their black and white damask print and put a black and white photo from my wedding. It came out gorgeous! I could not be happier with how clear the image is and how high quality the case is.

I have taken my iPad to several places and have received countless compliments. Family members have already asked where I got it and how they can get one of their own. This would truly be the perfect gift for the mom who has everything!

I have been accepted into the referral program, so if you would like to make a purchase just click here and you can get free shipping on your order!

Rock N Learn Review and Giveaway

As a teacher and I mom I know the value of providing educational materials to your child starting at a young age. But I also know how important it is that the learning be fun! My daughter loves music. She bops and sways along to good beats, so Rock N Learn is perfect for her!

Rock N Learn is a great place to go to find all kinds of educational DVD's and CD's that incorporate fun music into the learning experience. It captures kids attention and instills in them the valuable lessons being presented. They have a variety of subjects and grade levels. You can find everything from Nursery Rhymes and the Alphabet to Multiplication, Phonics, and even other languages!

Since my daughter is still very young, I decided to try out the Alphabet DVD. This DVD is geared for ages 3-5 and is about 45 minutes long. Here is a little bit about the DVD:
Children sing along with cool tunes for each letter, play musical games, and learn old and new alphabet songs as they reinforce letter recognition skills, learn letter-sound relationships, and even develop a richer vocabulary. As a special bonus… on the alphabet DVD version, children learn to print each capital and lowercase letter, as well as numbers 0 through 9.


My daughter had a blast with this DVD! She's a little young so she doesn't know her alphabet yet, but she was trying to imitate the songs. I think this is a great way to get her introduced to the alphabet in a fun way.  I loved the variety that this DVD has to offer. I no longer have to rely on the old favorite ABC's to teach my daughter. We can sing different songs, play games, and do activities. And the songs are parent friendly! Yay! I didn't get sick of them or have them running through my head all day. That is a major plus.


This DVD is a great way to mix it up and provide your preschooler with some new ways of learning the alphabet. I love that is includes other skills as well, like letter sounds and writing skills. This can really help get your little one ready for kindergarten or continue to expand skills they already have.


I would definitely recommend you check out Rock N Learn's wide variety of products. They even offer apps for the iPad that are great on the go!


Discount Code - And if you live in the contiguous US you can use the code JQ7711 for 25% off at Rock N Learn!


GIVEAWAY: One Lucky Reader will win a DVD or CD of their choice from Rock N Learn!

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This giveaway ends on May 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Monday, April 25, 2011

There's Gonna Be a Birthday Bash!!

Yesterday was my little girls' 23 month day. You know what that means.... next month she turns 2! Wow, where did the time go? I still remember being pregnant with her. I still remember the first time I held her. The last two years have truly been the best of my life. Becoming a mom was the greatest things I have ever done. I had no idea how much I could love. The overwhelming feeling of unconditional love has taken over my life and I feel like I am floating every day.

I could go on and on for pages and pages about how wonderful my daughter is and how she has made my life so much better. But if you are a parent I know you know exactly what I'm talking about. And you can completely relate to how quickly the time goes and how you are afraid to blink and miss something.

To celebrate this amazing event in my life and my daughter's life I am thrilled to be hosting a fabulous Birthday Bash!  Over the next couple of weeks I will have reviews and giveaways from amazing companies. You will see the new spring colors from Vera Bradley, amazing and upscale decorations that transform a room from Heart to Heart, gorgeous invitations from Pear Tree Greetings, delicious Cake Pops from Savvylicious, beautiful tutu's from Tutu Terrific and so much more! I have great gift ideas from Ecomom, Build a Dream Playhouse, and Little One Books. You will find all of this and more right here on Momma Drama!

This is one event you will not want to miss out on! I look forward to seeing you here later this week and well into the beginning of May!

Lovable Labels Review and Giveaway - Address Labels


I have had the pleasure to work with Lovable Labels in the past. Their labels are the perfect must have for parents who want their kids stuff labeled. I label everything that goes to school with my daughter. From her lunch box to her sippy cup to her jacket and extra clothes. Lovable Labels has all the right stuff to make sure that her items come home with her.

While I am already a fan of their labels, I was very excited to check out their newest product... Chic Address Labels! We all need them. We put them on everything and go through them like crazy. So if you are going to need address labels you might as well have really cool ones!

Lovable Labels was kind enough to send me a whole bunch of return address labels in the pattern I chose, which was Candy Dots. I was very pleased when they arrived. They are clear and easy to read. I love the vibrant colors and fun design! You can't go wrong with these fun labels!


Lovable Labels has generously supplied us with a "Personalized Return Address Labels" for one lucky winner!  Thanks, Lovable Labels!

To Enter:  Go to the Lovable Labels website and leave us a comment telling us which one of their amazing product is your fav!

 Once you’ve entered by leaving a comment, you can gain additional entries:
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This giveaway ends just in time at 5:00 om EST  on May 9, 2011.  The winner will be selected by random draw and will have 7 days to respond to our notification email before another winner is selected.
This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only.

Mother's Day Gift Idea - Shari's Berries Review

I absolutely adore chocolate covered strawberries. We rarely have them at our house and I view them as a fancy little treat. So when I was given the opportunity to review an item from Shari's Berries there's was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to try the chocolate covered strawberries! My husband also enjoys them, but he is a full chocoholic. The choclatier the better! So when I saw that Shari's Berries offered a package that included 6 chocolate covered strawberries and 4 brownie pops I knew we had found our match!

My package arrived quickly and was packed very well. There was an ice pack to keep things fresh and the box was well padded for protection. The berries came beautifully intact and looking delicious! And the brownie pops were much larger than I thought they would be!

The first night we each enjoyed a strawberry and a brownie pop. I love that the strawberries come with 2 covered in milk chocolate, 2 in dark, and two in white. It offers great variety and allows everyone to get what they want. The berries were huge and mouthwatering! And the brownie pops... oh my... exceptional! They were covered in chocolate and fudgy on the inside. Amazing!

We finished the strawberries the following night and saved a brownie pop to share with my little one. She will love it!

Shari's Berries definitely provides high quality products that would be perfect for Mother's Day! They offer a great selection of items that include chocolate covered strawberries delivered to your door, cookies, cakes, brownie pops and more! You can also check them out on Facebook.

Shari's Berries is offering my readers a 15% discount with the code BERRYGOOD.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

ProFlowers Review and Giveaway

Mother's Day is right around the corner! I am very excited to celebrate my second Mother's Day this year.When I think of Mother's Day I very often think of flowers. It's spring time and the flowers are blooming, mother's signify new life, they just compliment each other very well. And ProFlowers is a fantastic place to go if you are looking to send your mother, grandmother, or any special woman in your life a beautiful bouquet to honor them.

ProFlowers recently gave me the wonderful opportunity to receive one of their Mother's Day Flowers for this review. Let me just tell you, it's a wonderful feeling to receive flowers. These flowers weren't even being sent by a loved one and I still got all excited to open the door and receive my flowers. I hurriedly opened them up and admired their beauty.

I had requested the Deluxe Pink Sapphire Bouquet because it has my favorite, pink roses. It also has several other types of flowers in it to make it even more interesting to look at and has bursts of purple throughout. It's truly gorgeous. But my favorite part was that the buds were just getting ready to bloom. I was thrilled to be able to see them open the very next day!

This bouquet sat on my kitchen table for several days brightening up my kitchen and my mood. I could only imagine the joy that would be multiplied by knowing it was specially picked out for me by someone that I loves. Sending flowers is the ideal way to send that message of gratitude, respect, and love!

I would highly recommend that you check out ProFlowers wonderful selection of bouquets and plants. They even offer a nice selection of gifts and yummy treats. There is definitely something for every personality! And they even have a coupons page to help you save a little!

GIVEAWAY: One Lucky Reader will win a $50 gift code to ProFlowers.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to leave your e-mail address!

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This giveaway is open to US only.
This giveaway ends on May 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Katie Crafts Review and Giveaway

A very good friend of mine recently opened her own Etsy shop, Katie Crafts. I was so excited to check it out because I know how creative she is. She and I took many art classes together in college and she was amazing at everything she did. A true artist.

I was very impressed when I checked out her shop. It's filled with incredibly unique items for both adults and children. She was kind enough to send a whole bunch of her items to me for both my daughter and myself! So exciting. I opened the bundle and found so many original pieces. These are not items you will find at your local stores, these are truly one of a kind accessories!
I love that she made me and my daughter matching hair pieces! My daughter got a clip and I got a headband. Very cute!
She also made this awesome ponytail holder with a flower on it. I love this one because I wear my hair in a ponytail a lot for work because I never have time to really put much effort into it. I feel like this flower just dresses up a simple look.
And then there is the cupcake brooch which is just adorable. Who wouldn't want to wear a cute cupcake?
Everything is made so professionally.The clips are sturdy the decorations are secure. These pieces are made to look great and last a long time! And with spring knocking at our door why not put flowers in your hair?

Katie Crafts makes everything from hair clips to headbands to brooches. She even gives you the opportunity to customize your own items! I highly recommend you check out her shop!

GIVEAWAY: One Lucky Reader will any one item of choice from Katie Crafts!

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to leave your e-mail address!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Katie Crafts and tell me which item you would pick if you won!

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6. Make Katie Crafts a favorite on Etsy

This giveaway is open to US and Canada.
This giveaway ends on May 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BabyLegs Review and Giveaway

When my daughter was really tiny one of the things I really wanted was baby leg warmers. I think they are the cutest things! And being a child of the 80's made me feel like I was passing down a really cool style to my little one. They are cute, stylish, and functional... and the place to get them is BabyLegs!

BabyLegs has an amazing selection of leg warmers for boys and girls. They also carry socks and tights. One of the things I love most is that they are always coming out with new designs for each season and occasion. There is really something for everyone and every outfit.

I received a great package from BabyLegs that included 2 pairs of leg warmers, 2 pairs of socks and a pair of tights. I asked for them in size 2T since my little one is turning 2 in May. All of the products are adorable with different colors and prints. And they are soft and comfy. I am happy to put them on my daughter!

Here is a picture of my daughter sporting the Red Rose Stripes leg warmers. These were perfect for her as she played and crawled around the house!

So one of the main reasons I wanted leg warmers when she was really little was because she was crawling. The leg warmers were super easy with diaper changes but provided protection for her little knees. Now that she's bigger it is still a huge help with diaper changes, but I find them to be so great for potty training! We have just started this process and I feel the timing is great. It's now warm enough to wear a dress with a pair of leg warmers and she is good to go. It makes the process easier.

GIVEAWAY: One Lucky Reader will win a grab bag of BabyLegs! (winner picks the size and gender)

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to leave your e-mail address!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Babylegs and tell me your favorite item!

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This giveaway is open to US only.
This giveaway ends on May 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure Review


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I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of High School Musical. I think it was a fun, upbeat, musically entertaining movie that is fun for the whole family. I even have it on DVD so I can watch it with my daughter when she is a little older.

so if you are familiar with High School Musical then you are surely familiar with one of the stars, Sharpay. Sharpay is played by the fabulous Ashley Tisdale and is the drama queen of all drama queens. While she's not exactly the most likable character in the movie, she is certainly one of the most entertaining.

The two things about Sharpay that always stuck out to me were her sense of style and her desire to be number one. She desperately wanted to be the biggest and best star in the show and often threw fits at the challenges standing in her way. But she threw these fits looking fabulous! A girl after my own heart, she wears pink from head to toe!

Sharpay has such a strong personality that it only serves her character that she would have her own movie. On April 19th you can get to know Sharpay in a much more personal way in her own adventure, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.

What I really enjoyed about this film was that Sharpay finally has the spolight in a way that allows us to realy get to know her. While she is still the spotlight crazy fashionista that we all know, this adventure allows us to see another side of her and understand who she really is.

The film is filled with upbeat and catchy tunes that you and your children will love to sing and dance along to. And while you are having a blast with the music you will be learning all about believing in your dreams and yourself. It's a motivating and entertaining film that parents won't mind watching right along with their kids!

You can check out a clip of this great movie HERE! And you can save $8 by clicking on the image below!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Celebrate National Park Week with Energizer!

With the sites and smells of spring in the air I really get the itch to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. From the newly blooming flowers to the buds on the trees to the birds singing in the morning, it's a beautiful time of year. In fact, it's the perfect time of year to celebrate some of nature's most beautiful gifts to us, our National Parks.

Protecting and preserving our National Parks is a national responsibility. We want them to remain in all their beauty for our future generations to be able to enjoy. So Energizer has teamed up with the National Park Foundation to launch a public effort to power and preserve America’s national parks. Here is a little bit about all the cool things they have going on this week.


Helping to launch the program is outdoor enthusiast, Peter Facinelli of The Twilight Saga and Nurse Jackie.  The program brings awareness to the importance of preserving our country’s greatest natural resources and gives people a number of ways to get involved.

Live Facebook Chat with Peter Facinelli
Peter Facinelli fans can chat with the actor and outdoor enthusiast on Wednesday, April 20 at 1 p.m. EST.  To participate in the chat, visit the Parks tab on the Energizer Bunny Facebook page.  Here is a direct link to RSVP to the event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?.eid=167010140019086.

National Park Week
From April 16 through April 24, the country celebrates National Park Week. Not only can everyone receive free admission to all national parks this week, but people can also text BUNNY to 27722 to trigger a $1 donation from Energizer to the National Park Foundation, up to $50,000. Energizer’s goal is to donate $400,000 to the National Park Foundation this spring, and the public can help them get there.

Product Purchase
Right now in stores specially-marked Energizer products contain a special code so when someone buys three participating products, he or she can go online to www.nowthatspositivenergy.com/blogs and redeem the codes for a $10 reward toward a national park adventure or elect for Energizer to donate the reward directly to the National Park Foundation.

Get Hands On
For the people who prefer to get more hands-on, they can RSVP to join a now that’s positivenergy™ national park volunteer event by visiting www.nowthatspositivenergy.com/blogs or facebook.com/energizerbunny and clicking on the Parks tab. While there, visitors also have the power to select one of the park recipients through an online vote, which runs from Monday, April 18, through Friday, May 13. Each park hosting an event will receive a grant from Energizer and a donation of responsible power solutions including solar panels, chargers, batteries, solar lights and other lighting products.

Energizer is offering you the opportunity to win a $10 gift card to either Walmart or Target.

To Enter: Tell me what you can do to help preserve our National Parks!

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This giveaway ends on April 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Winners!

Random.org has chosen our winners for the PureAyre, Skin MD, Pirate v. Pirate, IMAX, and Pillow Pets Giveaways!!

PureAyre - #16 Show Me Mama
Skin MD - #53 Flowerchild
Pirate v. Pirate - #50 Shamrocksgal
IMAX - #23 Kscevior
Pillow Pets -#129 Emillie Rose

Congratulations to our winners! E-mail notifications have been sent. The winners will have 48 hours to respond or we will have to choose another winner.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tea Review

Designer Clothing for Children and Women

I adore unique clothing. I love putting my daughter into a sweet little outfit and knowing that no one at the playground will be wearing the same thing. Tea is a great place to shop for just those unique styles.

Tea offers designer clothing for children and women and they have so much cute stuff. I was fortunate enough to receive an outfit for them for review. I received a really cute top and a pair of pants that are cute, stylish, and yet totally functional for a 2 year old.

The first thing I noticed about them was how incredibly soft the material is. I put my daughter in it right away and she looked adorable! They are a little big since I went for a size bigger (hoping for room to grow), but she still wore it all day and looked very comfortable.

The shirt is really neat with the buttons along the shoulder. It takes a simple t-shirt style and just adds something so unique.  The first thing my husband commented on was how he loved that the pants were gathered at the bottom to keep them from going up all the time. It's hard to keep pant legs down with a toddler, so these are great!

They are also easy to clean and came out of the washer and dryer looking new. You can tell the quality is very high!

I am very pleased with the quality and style of the clothing I received. I would recommend you check out their site, especially their super cute spring dresses!

Coke Inspired Family Meal Time

I think everyone has those special mealtime memories from being a kid. Something that was really special and really fun! Something you always looked forward to. For our family it was pizza night. Pizza night brought a few special things that didn't happen any other night of the week. It was really exciting for my sister and I to know that every Friday pizza night was coming!

We didn't drink too much soda in my house when we were younger. It was saved for special occasions, like holidays or parties. And pizza night! My dad always made sure that we had soda on pizza night. And what better flavor goes with pizza than Coke.

My dad being the awesome guy that he is, didn't let the fun stop when the pizza was gone. We would always have the big bottles of Coke, so after dinner we would take vanilla bean ice cream and make Coke floats! We would let the ice cream sit on the counter for a few minutes so it would get nice and soft. This way you could drink it with a straw. And then of course you top it off with some whip cream and a cherry! And every once in awhile he would really surprise us and bring home the old fashioned Coke bottles. He loved those because he always told us how it reminded him of his childhood.

I remember we used to have a refrigerator in the garage that was always stocked with drinks. Especially in the summer when my dad would be doing a lot of work in the yard and we would be playing outside. My dad would sometimes stock the fridge with those really cool old fashioned Coke bottles. That was a real taste of summer. We would get so excited to see them.

Pizza nights had such an impact on me as being a really fun family night, that my family has continued the tradition. Sometimes we order pizza, sometimes we make our own. But we always have Coke (or cherry Coke since that's a favorite in our house). And we always have tons of fun!

I'm excited for my daughter to get a little bit older so I can see the excitement in her when it comes to family pizza night. Some traditions are just meant to be kept alive, and this is definitely one of them. Pizza, Coke, and ice cream. What more could a kid, or an adult, want?

*I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Coca-Cola® blogging program. If I am one of the first 100 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 gift card. For more information on the program, click here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Harry Potter Giveaway!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
will be released on DVD and BluRay on Friday April 15th!

You may remember that not too long ago I posted about a really cool website, Harry Potter: The Quest. This site is filled with games and activities, as well as the opportunity to earn points and win prizes! I have joined and am having a blast watching video clips, flying on a broom, and more. Check it out by clicking the image below.


With all the fun I've been having on Harry Potter: The Quest, I am more than ready for the DVD and BluRay release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1. This Friday you can take the DVD home and have an awesome movie night with the family.

And one of my lucky readers will win a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 on either DVD or BluRay (the company will decide which version).

GIVEAWAY: One Lucky Reader will win a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1! 

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to leave your e-mail address!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Simply tell me you want to win!

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This giveaway is open to US only.
This giveaway ends on April 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Winner!

Random.org has chosen our winner for the Gummy Lump Giveaway!!

#92 Rebecca
Congratulations to our winner! An e-mail notification has been sent. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or we will have to choose another winner.
Thank you to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Crane Frog Air Purifier (Target Exclusive) Review and Giveaway!

My daughter has been using a Crane Humidifier in her room all winter long. We have been really impressed with how quiet it is and how great it works. It's also very easy to clean and super cute (it's a penguin). So when I was given the opportunity to review their new Frog Air Purifier (which has been made exclusively for Target) my answer was yes!

So I did a little reading to learn about the air purifier and what its benefits were. I was shocked by some of the things I read! I know I feel stuffed up in the house all winter and am anxious to open the windows. I do feel a sense of freshness when I can let the fresh air in. But did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air? Ew!

Crane’s new Frog Air Purifier includes a HEPA type filter, removing 95% of dust and airborne allergens.  The air purifier has three setting, one for quiet operation, and includes a complete filter set, ready to use straight of the box.  The filter set offers a three level filtration system which includes a Particle Filter, HEPA Type Filter, and a Active Carbon Filter that helps remove airborne allergens, bacteria, viruses and germs before the air goes back into the room. Crane’s Frog personal Air Purifier is perfect for a small child’s room.   Cleaner air in your home benefits everyone. 

The Frog arrived and my daughter saw it on the box and got excited. It's a very cute design that looks good in her nursery rather than standing out. She loves to have it there and often asks us to turn it on. It's very quiet and simple to use. We couldn't be happier with this item! And with spring knocking on our door this will definitely come in handy with allergies.

You can purchase it at Target for only $39.99.

GIVEAWAY: One Lucky Reader will win a Frog Air Purifier!
 
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to leave your e-mail address!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Like Crane on facebook and then tell me why you would like to win an Air Purifier!

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This giveaway is open to the 48 contiguous states.
This giveaway ends on April 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST. One winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!