Thursday, October 16, 2014

Increase your Well Being with Aromatherapy and Purex Crystals + Giveaway


Did you know Aromatherapy can promote physical, mental and spiritual well being.  It is one of the most increasingly popular holistic treatment. 

I love that Purex has come up the NEW Purex Crystals Aromatherapy scent infusions with three great scents to promote Well Being, Energy and Serenity Scents.
 
I've mentioned before how much I love the Purex Crystals, and I'm thrilled to see the new Aromatherapy scents. 
 
The Crystals leave a fresh laundry scent on your clothes for weeks, it's very pleasant.  I tried the Energy scent on our clothes, and absolutely love it.  I can't wait to try the other two.   
 
Use the New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in-wash scent boosters and stimulate your life with peaceful bliss and boundless spirit.

 
The new scents are:
  • Well Being brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms
  • Energy helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus
  • Serenity keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water-lilies
 So easy to use: Add Purex Crystals Aromatherapy into your washer’s tub (top, front-loading, or HE) at the start of the wash to supplement your laundry detergent.

 
GIVEAWAY: Two Kids and Deals readers will each win One coupon to try Purex Crystals Aromatherapy.
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Disclosure:  The Purex Brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monster Cereal Treats with Big G Retro Monsters Cereals #retromonstercereal


 
The Retro Monsters are back!
 
Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereals are once again hitting the shelves at Target in their retro packaging and they’ve brought Monsters snack items for you to enjoy as well. Try Count Chocula Treats, Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups and Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups in special retro packaging, found exclusively at Target.

Perfect for nostalgic cereal fans and Halloween lovers, Monsters cereals and snacks are fun for the whole family.

 
I decided to make fun Monster snack using the Monster Cereals.  It was quick and easy, and the kids loved it.
 
Monster Cereal Treats:
  • 2 Cups Franken Berry
  • 2 Cups Count Chocula
  • 2 Cups Boo-Berry
  • One bag Marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
Instructions:
  • Coat a 13x9 inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Heat butter and Marshmallows in a large pan, until melted.  Stir frequently.
  • Add Cereals to the pan and mix
  • Pour the cereal mixture into prepared pan. Using wax paper, evenly press the mixture into the pan.
  • Let cool and cut into 2-inch squares to serve.
 
 
 
Disclosure:The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op

We're Partying with Cascade Platinum #CascadeShiningReviews & Giveaway


It's not deja vu, we did it again!  We got to celebrate with a new group of friends and Cascade all over again this month.

 
This time the celebration included French Toasts and (virgin) Mimosas, Yum!
I also wanted to recreate the Brownie experiment, so we had brownies too.  I didn't hear any complaints.
 
 
 
Orange Juice and French Toast is delicious but it definitely makes for some messy dishes. 
 
I explained to my friends that we were not going to pre-wash our plates or glasses before putting them in the dishwasher.  When using Cascade Platinum you get to skip the pre-wash, and still get sparkling clean dishes after the wash.
 
I did have a few skeptics in the house, but that's why we planned for them to stay long enough to see the dishes when they came out of the dishwasher.   
 
 
After a good meal thanks to a delicious French Toast recipe from the Food Network and Alton Brown, we put our dish straight into the dishwasher.  I then added the Cascade Platinum tab, and the Cascade Rinse Aid to my dishwasher.  Finally, I added my brownie dish that I had from the night before, and pressed start.
 
The skeptics were ready to laugh, and I was ready to laugh back, because I've seen how Cascade Platinum worked on a starchy dish of Mac & Cheese last month, and every load I've made since.
 
 
There you have it! Results don't lie!
I had some very impressed friends.
 
All that messy maple syrup- GONE, the brownie dish- CLEAN.  The glasses of Orange Juice- SPARKLING CLEAN.  I love this new Cascade Platinum.
 
How Does Cascade Platinum work?
  • Cascade Platinum is a premium product designed to achieve a clean so powerful it helps keep the dishwasher sparkling while also delivering immaculately clean dishes each and every time.  It even works on 24-hour stuck-on-food!
How Can you Skip the Pre-Wash?
  • Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on the dishes because its special enzymes latch onto that food, breaking down so it can wash away.  If there's no food soil, there's nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn't working its hardest for you.
Where Does Food left on My Dishes Go?
  • Don't worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes.  There is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works exactly like the disposal in your sink.
 
Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review) including #CascadeShiningReviews.
 
Giveaway: One lucky Kids and Deals reader will win a Cascade Platinum Prize Pack. (enter through the rafflecopter form below)
 
The Prize pack will include:

·         1 pack of Cascade Platinum

·         1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid

·         Whisk

·         Spatula

·         Wine Topper

·         Sugar Sifter

 
 
 
Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Custom Halloween Water Bottle Labels from icostumlabel & Giveaway


 
By now, most of you know I love to throw themed parties, and my favorite is all the custom decorations I get to plan for.
 
It's no secret Halloween is coming up, and my mind is already going a hundred miles an hour thinking about all the fun decorations and foods I can make.

 
I've made my own custom water labels for parties before, but I've never tried actually buying them already done for me.  iCustomLabel.com definitely makes it easy for you.  I loved all the designs they offered, and since my next party is a Halloween, I chose Halloween water labels.
 
 
The labels were so easy to place on the bottles, I don't think I will ever make my own again.  It took less than ten minutes to label all my bottles, versus a couple of hours it's taken in the past!
 
I was very impressed with the quality of the labels, and I loved that they let me customize the labels with our name on them. 
 
Best of all, the labels are 100% waterproof so you can serve them cold.
 
 
They will look perfect with our theme!
 
But it's not just for Halloween, you can get water bottle labels for every occasion...
 
like Birthday Parties,

 
 Or Barbecues!
 
 
I can't wait for our Halloween party so I can show off my bottles!
 
BUY IT: Visit icustomlabel.com to order. Price is around $14.99 for 24 labels.
 
GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win their Own Custom Water Labels from icostumlabels.com to customize your next party!
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop #BuildABearFriend


My son has dreamed of going to Build-A-Bear for a long time.  We didn't have a store near us, so we've just never been.  When we got the opportunity to make our own bear from Smiley360, I thought it would be the perfect time make the drive.


My son started out by picking which bear he wanted to make.  They are so many choices from Superheros, My little Pony, Disney's Princess Palace Pet to Ninja Turtles and Hello Kitty.  Something for everyone.

My son picked a Batman Bear, next he headed to the stuffing station.  The staff was very friendly and involved, making sure that the kids feel very special about their bear.  They do a little song and dance before putting the heart in the bear. 

Next, my son went to the dry bath station, then the dressing room area, where you pick your bear's outfit, and dress him. 

Finally, the naming station.  Your child goes to the computers, and makes the Birth Certificate for their Bear.

We had a blast, my son loved it, and I can't wait to take my other kids there.

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Disclosure: We received a free gift card from Smiley360 in order to make a  bear, however, all options are 100% mine.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apparel n Bags Review

 
 
 I recently discovered ApparelnBags.com, and I'm so glad I did.  The website sells just about everything, and at crazy affordable prices! 

They sell shirts for as low as $1.94!  I'm definitely going to shop there when I need more clothes for the family.

Actually, they have a great back to school sale right now with great discounts.

 
You can even get Embroidery and screen printing items.

 
I enjoyed looking at their website for a while, their bags are so cute, and I loved their women's apparel.  I finally settled on this really cute shirt.  The quality is wonderful.

 
Unfortunately, it sizes a little small, so this shirt is too snug on me. So I would pick a size bigger if you were to order a shirt from apparelnbags.com, however, it's good motivation for me to lose a little weight, because I can't wait to wear it!

You can find this shirt HERE, they have it in several colors as well.

Disclosure: I received the above product for free in order to write my review.  All opinion are 100% mine.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Easy Huevos Rancheros to Celebrate Publix Flavor Excursion Mexican Week‏




 
 
Are you Celebrating Mexican Week?

Home-cooked Mexican is always a delicious and affordable meal option.  It can also be a quick and easy family meal option.  Publix is helping us out this week with their Excursion Mexican Week deals.  So I picked up some great products on sale and set out to make my first Huevos Rancheros.  But you know me, I have to feed 6, and it can't take too long to prepare. 


So Here's my Quick & Easy Huevos Rancheros:


Ingredients:
  • Crunchy Taco Shells. (Publix had the Old El Paso kits BOGO, so I will use the sauce and seasoning from the kit for another recipe)
  • 1 Can of Diced tomatoes. (Hunt's are on sale too, and I use the sweet Onions kind so I didn't have to cut an extra onion)
  • 1 Can of Refried Beans.
  • 1 or 2 avocados
  • Fresco Queso
  • Eggs
  • Minced garlic
 
 
  • Step 1: Heat the oven to 250 degrees, break your shells in half, and place them on a cookie sheet.  Heat them for about 10 minutes.
  • Step 2:  Drain the Can of diced tomatoes and place in a pan, add two Tbsp of minced garlic, mix & heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Step 3: Heat your refried beans in a bowl in the microwave 2 minutes.
  • Step 4: Fry your eggs however your prefer.
Finally assemble your Huevos Rancheros!  First the tortilla shells, then the tomatoes, then the beans, then your egg, sprinkle with the cheese, and finish with avocado slices.
 
It was delicious and so easy to make!
 

 
 
Even the little ones ate it!
 
Make sure to check out Publix until 9/24 to find some great savings for your Mexican dishes, and more...
 
In-Store Savings
Coupons available in-store, look for the Flavor Excursion display with products at your local Publix. Display will be available in most stores between 9/11 and 9/24. Savings available with coupons:
  • Make Spicy Roasted Soft Vegetable Tacos and save! Save $2 off Produce (minimum $2 purchase) when you buy Any Four (4) participating products*. Participating products: Old El Paso™ Seasoning Mixes, Enchilada Sauce, Refried Beans, Taco Shells, Ro*Tel® (10oz or larger), Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz or larger), KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese (6-8oz)
  • You can also save on an Italian inspired recipe, Sautéed Italian Chicken and Beans! Save $2 off Publix® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts when you buy Any Four (4) participating products. Participating products: Progresso™ Bread Crumbs, 100% Natural Broths, Beans, KRAFT Salad Dressing (16oz), Natural Shredded Cheese (6-8oz), Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz or larger).
Coupons available in-store, look for the Flavor Excursion recipe and coupon standee display at your local Publix:
  • Save $1.00 off Any Five (5) Ro*Tel® Tomatoes (10oz)
  • Save $2.00 off Any Two (2) KRAFT Natural Chunk Cheese 7-8 oz
  • Save $1.00 off Any Five (5) Hunt’s® Tomatoes 14.5oz
  • Save $1.00 off Any One (1) Bisquick™ 40oz
  • Save $1.00 off Any One (1) Old El Paso™ Frozen Entrée
  • Save $2.00 off Any Two (2) KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese 6-8oz
Looking for a new twist on dessert? Try another Flavor Excursion recipe, Crème Brulèe Cheesecake Bars. Find the recipe and a $1.50 off any two Betty Crocker pouch Cookie Mixes coupon on the Betty Crocker display in-store.
Plus… find these items on sale this week. No coupon necessary, available at Publix:
  • Green Giant Frozen Bag Steamers 11-12oz on BOGO
  • Pillsbury Crescents and Pizza 3 for $6
Printable Coupons
Want more savings to make your favorite Flavor Excursion recipes? Visit http://readyplansave.com/flavor-excursion/additional-savings to print your coupons. Available while supplies last.
  • Save $1 when you buy FOUR Progresso™ products
  • Save $1 when you buy THREE Old El Paso™ products
  • Save 75¢ when you buy ONE BOX Old El Paso® Bold Nacho Cheese Flavored Stand 'N Stuff® Taco Shells OR Dinner Kit
  • Save $0.50 when you buy ONE 20 OZ. OR LARGER Original Bisquick® OR Bisquick Heart Smart® Baking Mix
  • Save $0.60 when you buy THREE any variety Green Giant® Seasoned Steamers™ or Valley Fresh Steamers® Frozen Vegetables.
  • Save $0.40 when you buy any TWO Pillsbury® Crescent Dinner Rolls
  • Save $0.40 when you buy THREE CANS any size/variety Pillsbury® Refrigerated Grands!® or Grands! Jr.® Biscuits
  • Save $1 when you buy any flavor or variety of Old el Paso™ Froze Entrees
Digital Coupons
Visit, https://publix.couponselectionpage.com/offers/all, to find and instantly select digital coupons. Including the following from ConAgra. Available while supplies last.
  • Save $0.40 off any TWO (2) ROTEL® products
  • Save $1 on any FOUR (4) Chef Boyardee® canned pasta or microwave cup
  • Save $1 on any ONE (1) Orville Redenbacher’s® Gourmet® Popping Corn (6-pk or larger)
  • Save $0.50 on any ONE (1) Super Snack Pack® 6 pack 
Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Movie #VeryBadDaySweeps






Follow young Alexander in this Disney movie—in theaters October 10!—as he discovers he’s not the only family member who experiences less-than-perfect days.

 By Kids For Kids is delighted to bring you a family-friendly program focused on celebrating shared experiences. Sure, crazy days happen—and sometimes they’re hilarious!

Make sure to Enter the #VeryBadDaySweeps for a chance to win something very good!

Then, visit www.bkfk.com/alexander, where you’ll find ways to have family fun during less-than-ideal times and the good ones too:
• A "Go to the movies together!" guide
• An activity that makes chores fun
• A matching game
 I can't wait to take the kids to see the movie! Are you taking your gang?




Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post with By Kids for Kids.  All opinions are 100% my own.