Monday, July 21, 2014

Spellbinders Celebra'tions Review & Giveaway

Don't you love receiving homemade cards in the mail?  Or looking at your friends' beautiful scrapbooks?  Everyone around me seems so crafty, and I feel like my 5 year when it comes to making some beautiful papercrafts. 

I can copy someone's idea, but it takes so much time looking for the materials at the craft store, who has time for that?

This is when I tell you how can make these beautiful craft projects, and you don't have to come up with the design or spend hours in the store looking for something you never find! 

I was so excited to learn about Spellbinders, and try out some of their paper art projects. Their website has an idea Gallery where you can find ideas of colorful paperart, card making, and die cutting projects to do, and you can buy everything you need right from their website.

I received two paper crafts projects to try from their Celebra'tions collections.
First the Celebrate Party Hat Card

So easy to make!  I never thought I would be able to make something so pretty in less than five minutes.
My niece's birthday is this weekend, I can't wait to give it to her.

It opens so you can write a note inside.  Isn't it cute?
Next up was the Best Day Every Treat Bag!
This could be perfect for favors too! 
I put a couple of treats inside, and you've got the cutest gift at the party!


I really enjoyed making these crafts, they are so colorful, and surprisingly easy to make.  Check out all the other products Spellbinders offers HERE.
I also received a Stamp Set from them, and I will share it with one of my awesome readers!  Perfect for your next stamping project! Enter to Win.
GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win a Spellbinders Stamp Set! 
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Disclosure: The Spellbinders brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Goodbyn Review & Giveaway

Is it too early to think about packing school lunches?  How about packing picnics for outdoor summer days or just packing snacks for an afternoon at the park?

As a mom, I feel that I'm always packing food for the kids no matter what time of the year it is.

I've had my eye on Goodbyn products for a while, and I was very excited to get to try them out for this review.

Goodbyn sent me the new Hero, a bottle, an Original sticker set, an Insulated Sleeve lunch bag, a patch and Goodbyn ice to try.

Their products are made of FDA-approved materials, BPA- and phthalate free, 100% Recyclable, and my favorite, top rack dishwasher safe.

I loved the three compartments in the Hero.  It keeps your food separated so your grapes won't taste like eggs for example.  It also comes with two dippers, which was perfect for my ranch dressing.  The Hero is surprisingly deep, and can hold a lot of food.  The nice is that it opens easily, so if you use it for your little ones at school, they can easily open their lunch without a mess.
The bottle is great, the perfect size for kids, and easily refillable.

The Dishwasher-safe stickers were a lot of fun to use for the kids and I to decorate the Hero.  The set includes two sheets of over 100 stickers, and even includes an "I'm Allergic to" sticker!
We used the alphabet stickers to put our last name on the Hero. 
I've already washed it a couple of times in the dishwasher, and the stickers are holding strong.
I can't wait to put the patch on the lunch bag.  The insulated sleeve lunch bag is the perfect size for the Hero, and the Goodbyn ice is nice and thin so it can fit in any lunch bag.
These products are as good as I expected them to be, even better.  I would definitely recommend them.
Make sure to check out the other great products Goodbyn carries.
 GIVEAWAY: One lucky Kids and Deals reader will win all the Goodbyn items mentioned above!
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Disclosure: I received the above products for free in order to write this review, all opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Strawberry Melba Recipe & ‪#‎freshfuitbowl Giveaway ‪#‎BBBProduct‬

Summer is the perfect time for fresh fruit recipes with lots color. 

I love strawberries, and I loved how fresh Peach Melba tastes in the summer, so of course I had to make a Strawberry Melba version.

You can't go wrong with strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream!

I used this awesome fruit bowl to hold my clean strawberries while preparing my dessert.


It's so quick and simple to make, it's perfect when you have guests over for a casual dinner.

Strawberry Melba:
  • 1 lb Strawberries
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  • Whipped Cream
Take half of your strawberries and cut them in small pieces.  Take the other half and place in a food processor or blender with 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional).  Blend until it becomes a smooth sauce. 
  • Place a spoonful of sauce in bottom of bowl
  • Add a scoop of ice cream
  • top with strawberry pieces
  • Add whipped cream
  • Drizzle more strawberry sauce
 ~for more color top with small pistachio pieces~

Makes 4


I love preparing this because it only takes minutes, and it always looks great!

This product is exclusively available at Bed Bath and Beyond.  Check it out HERE.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Join Me at the #WOWsummit 2014 in Orlando Giveaway

Are you attending the Moms Meet WOW Summit 2014 in Orlando, FL?

I'm very excited to attend my very first Moms Meet WOW summit this November 7–9.
I can't wait to meet all the wonderful natural and organic brands, as well as the all moms that will be attending.

The event is open to moms everywhere who are interested in raising healthy, and happy families.

You will get to listen to various speakers, attend workshops, and peruse the exhibitor area, where you can meet representatives from your favorite brands, taste delicious foods, and snag some freebies.
Plus, there will be lots of surprise giveaways and prizes.

Register before July 31st and get the Early Bird Special pricing, and if you share the event with your friends and family on social media, you’ll nab a 20% discount!  See details HERE.
~ Purchase an Early Bird Special ticket and enter to win tickets to Walt Disney World Resort! *You must purchase ticket before August 1st

Why Attend?
I have wonderful news!  One of my reader will get to attend this event!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a Pass to the Summit in Orlando, FL Nov 7-9 2014!
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Disclosure: I received a free pass to the summit in exchange for sharing information on this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway

When life hands you dung, just roll with it.
At Orkin, they never stop learning. The new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.
Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!

The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!

GIVEAWAY:  One Kids and Deals reader will win a Backyard Explorers Kit.
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Disclosure: Orkin LLC supplied these materials for my post, I did not receive any compensation, all opinions are 100% mine.

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

French for Kids DVD: On va Jouez by Whistlefritz


Are you ready for more French lessons from Whistlefritz?

This time they've come up with a new fun DVD called On va Jouez- Let's play.

 I've reviewed a couple of other French learning products for kids that Whistlefritz offers, and this one was just as fun, joyful, and educational as the others.

Their products are interactive full immersion programs which means they only speak in French, and never translate.  However, they make sure to illustrate what is being said with images, and lots of repetition. 

Fritzi the mouse returns in this DVD with a group of kids and Mary who does most of the teaching.  On va Jouez introduces kids to body parts, and clothes.  As I've mentioned in my other reviews, it's always very important for me that the people in the videos speak native French, which all of them do in Whistlefritz products.

I love that they sing familiar songs in French such as "head, shoulders, knees, and toes".  The DVD is full of color, fun songs, and dance along parts.

My youngest two kids couldn't wait to watch it, my oldest two were a little apprehensive, but as soon as the DVD started they were all laughing and singing along. 

The kids will watch the DVD, then I will ask them about words later, and as long as I keep the words fresh in their minds, they are able to recall them.  The fact that they have watched them being sung in familiar songs also helps them a lot.

You can watch a sample of the DVD Here

I'm a big fan of Whistlefritz French learning products, and I feel that they are a great help in teaching kids a foreign language.  Of course, this DVD alone isn't going to make anyone fluent, but it definitely helps with basic words, and sentences. 

I also love that they are very affordable.

BUY IT: buy it online HERE for $19.99

See my other reviews:

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the product above in order to write my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Operation Smile Charity

Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit

I recently learned about Operation Smile from

  Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.

I love the fact that with each textbook rental from they donate to Operation Smile.

I also wanted to remind you guys about their RentBack ( program.  With summer just starting it's hard to think about getting back to school, but it will get here sooner than you think.

RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options from their Universities!  Isn't that awesome?!

How Does it Work?  Watch the video...

Disclosure: CampusBookRentals provided me with the information for this post, all opinions are 100% mine.  I will receive a gift in exchange for this post.

The Lego Movie Blu-Ray Giveaway

The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

My kids really want to see this movie.  We didn't get to see it when it was out at the theater, but we are definitely getting it on Blu-Ray! 
Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Create a mini 6 second LEGO GIF Video:  Press the "record" button and  your video can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win The Lego Movie on Blu-ray! (enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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Disclosure: Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment supplied these materials, all opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Zim's Crack Creme Review & Giveaway

We all welcome summer after a rough winter, well Florida winters aren't too bad, but a lot of you tend to have it rough. 

However, way too soon after being glad summer is back, I start complaining of the heat, the bugs, and the rashes and bites that come with it. 

I was happy to learn about Zim's Advanced Crack Crème with HydrocortisoneIt serves as a skin-soothing beauty cream, while also relieving pesky summer abrasions and irritations from bug bites to heat rashes.

 My parents always have mosquitoes at their house, and I get bit every time I visit.  I used Zim's on my mosquito bites, and it really helped relieve the itch, and in turn avoided me scratching so much that I would make myself bleed.

Zim's Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone can be used on hands and feet to moisturize dry skin, leaving it silky smooth, while also promoting the healing of common and unpredictable scrapes and cuts.

I tend to wear flip flops most of the year, and my feet get way too dry.  I used Zim's on my heals, and I was so shocked at how fast it healed the dryness and cracks from my heals.  I would have taken a before and after picture, but I was just too embarrassed to post the before online.
My favorite part is that it has natural ingredients of aloe and arnica, and it's developed by a pharmacist!

BUY IT: Comes in 3oz container and is sold at $9.99 SRP
Available on,, and multiple national drug store chains including: Harris Teeter, HD Smith, Marc's, Medi-Systems, and Value Drug.

In addition to Zim's Advanced Crack Creme, Zim's distributes more than two dozen first aid and topical pain relief products, including its popular Max-Freeze which provides maximum muscle and joint pain relief.

I tried Max-Freeze on my back, and the cooling sensation really helped relieve the ache.  Like Zim's, Max-Freeze is formulated with naturally based ingredients too.  Some of the ingredients are Aloe, Arnica, Vitamin E and tea tree oil.

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win Zim's Advanced Crack Crème and Max- Freeze!  (enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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Disclosure: I received the above products in order to write my review, all opinions are 100% mine.