Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tropical Island Party Chex Mix (Gluten Free)

Need healthy Holiday recipe ideas? 
How about making a batch of Tropical Island Chex Mix?
Not only is it healthy for you, it's gluten free and Delicious!
Every year, I get together with a few friends and their kids, and we make different Chex Mix recipes.  They are so quick and easy to make, and there's a flavor to please everyone.
You can make the whole thing in the microwave!  And if you don't care for the microwave, they do offer an oven cooking option.
Tropical Island Chex Party Mix Recipe
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Start to Finish: 15 Minutes
  • 20 Servings (1/2 cup each)
  • 8 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, if desired
  • 1 cup dried banana chips
  • 1 package (7 oz.) dried tropical fruit mix
  • 1 jar (3 oz) macadamia nuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup frozen (thawed) pineapple or orange juice concentrate
Microwave Directions:
  1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, coconut, banana chips, tropical fruit mix and nuts.
  2. In microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter uncovered on high about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in brown sugar and pineapple juice concentrate. Microwave uncovered on high about 30 seconds or until hot; stir. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered on high 6 to 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until mixture just begins to brown.
  3. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.
What delicious recipes have you made this year?
Disclaimer: The recipe and ingredients for this yummy snack were provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Yellow Pages Prize Pack Giveaway

Do you love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from knocking out your to-do list? You must be a Doer!
YP is the one site and one app for people who wear busy as a badge of honor. Within seconds you can find a hardware store, gardener, limousine service, dentist or bounce house for your child’s birthday party. Search 18 million business listings as fast as you can tap.
But the big question is… do you DO the holidays right? YP has created a fun quiz to help you find out, and learn some fun facts along the way!

Check them out you can find:
  • Thousands of local coupons, deals and discounts from businesses and services near you                              
  • Create personalized collections of your favorite, go-to businesses using My Book
  • Find the cheapest gas around with one click
  • Search 350,000 menus to find the perfect meal

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win an Official YP Prize Pack to award one lucky reader!

YP Prize Pack Includes:
• Black Cinch Bag
• Flashlight
• Tape Measure
• Notepads
• Pencils
• USB Car Charger
• Gum

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

French for Kids: Dedans et Dehors DVD Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Bonjour tous le monde! 

As some of you may know, I was born and raised in France and therefore I am bilingual in French and English.  I've always appreciated the benefits of being bilingual, but I've found it much more difficult to teach my kids than I had expected.  With my husband only speaking English, I find myself speaking English at home as well.

I always look for ways to introduce French into our home.  My kids hear French spoken often, as I speak it with my family, but it is definitely not enough for them to be fluent. 

We listen to French music in car, and I've tried DVDs before, but I've usually found myself disappointed with them as the characters often have strong foreign accents. 

I was very interested in trying the new French for Kids: Dedans et Dehors (inside and Out) by Whistlefritz

Here's a little bit about the DVD from the company:

Fritzi’s in the house!  But où est Fritzi?  Finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi is just part of the fun in this lively language learning program from Whistlefritz, the award-winning producers of the Spanish for Kids series of DVDs and CDs.  This French immersion DVD welcomes you to Fritzi’s house, where up or down, inside or out, there is lots to learn and plenty to do.  Explore every area of Fritzi’s house, from la chambre (the bedroom) and la salle de bain (the bathroom) to le salon (the living room) and la cuisine (the kitchen).  An engaging interactive format teaches children basic greetings, positional words, food, daily activities, numbers, and more.  But that’s not all! Nous allons chanter et danser!  (We’re going to sing and dance!)  This DVD will have children on their feet dancing along to upbeat rhythms.  Dedans et Dehors is an engaging blend of colorful backgrounds, charming animation and live-action that kids will want to revisit again and again.  This DVD includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers, who are first time learners of French, as well as French subtitles.  Designed for children ages 2-7, Dedans et Dehors is fun for all ages!


 My kids were very excited to watch it.  From the beginning, the DVD captured their attention.  I loved that it uses the immersion method which does not translate what is said, but it shows examples and repeats words often enough to be able to understand what is said.

The DVD teaches a broad range of terms, from counting to positional words, to foods, and many more.  My kids favorite parts are the songs, and the ability to stand up and dance along with the kids in the DVD.

The music was very catchy, and the video that went along with the song made it very easy to understand what was being said.

I was very pleased to hear native French speaking in the DVD.  I thought the quality was very professional. 

This DVD is great for any family looking to introduce a new language in their home.  It's full of bright colors, and fun music that will captivate children's attention the whole time.

The DVD is about 35 minutes long which is perfect for young kids who tend to get distracted after a while. 

Recommended for ages: 2-7
Retails for $19.99

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kidoodle.TV Review and Holiday Giveaway

“I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.”

Built for kids, not just aimed at them, Kidoodle.TV is designed specifically for the use and navigation by kids (ages 12 and under), ensuring an age-appropriate viewing experience.

Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable Kid Profiles for up to 5 kids, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources, Kidoodle.TV is child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and with robust controls for parents. 

I was able to easily build a profile for each of my kids, and from the parent's room, I decided which shows were appropriate for them to watch.

My kids loved to be able to get their own TV choices, and I loved that I knew what they were watching.

My two year old loves Bo-on-the-Go!  And my 5 year old was so excited to see Rescue Heroes on there.

  • Parental controls include age category filtering and title selection and de-selection, which allows parents to tailor available content to each child’s needs.
It is so nice to see something on the internet that is free of advertising! 

My 7 and 8 year olds love watching Family game night.  They are excited with some of the new shows that have been added as well.
The Kidoodle.TV Holiday Giveaway:

  • Try Kidoodle.TV for FREE and enter by December 31, 2013 to win 1 of 10 tablets or 1 of 10 Kidoodle.TV year-long subscriptions!

  • To enter the giveaway, go to Kidoodle.TV to sign up for a free trial. Follow the on-screen directions and submit!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Blu-ray #MovieMagic GIVEAWAY

You Haven’t Seen Your Favorite Movie Until You’ve Seen the Special Features!
This Holiday rediscover the #MovieMagic behind your favorite films. Blu-ray offers exclusive special features that put you in the filmmaker’s chair, with a behind-the-scenes access to all of the magic: Special effects, talent interviews, alternative endings, unreleased scenes, bloopers, and more!
With a Blu-ray combo pack, you can enjoy your favorite films in high-definition whenever and wherever you want. You can keep the Blu-ray disc in the living room, DVD in the car, and the digital copy on your phone for when you’re on the move!
Grab your favorite movie lover a Blu-ray this holiday! Highlights:
• With the combo pack you can take your favorite films wherever you go. You can keep the Blu-ray disc in the living room, DVD for the car, and the digital copy on your mobile phone while on the move!
• Blu-ray lets you to watch your favorite movies with unmatched sound and video that is SIX TIMES the quality of DVDs!
• Blu-ray offers the most premium possible in home entertainment experience
• You don’t have to worry about the buffering that happens with streaming videos

Check out the Blu-ray #MovieMagic Blog App!
• Behind-the-Scenes #MovieMagic GIF Grid - Mouse over each of the GIF squares and click to view a behind-the-scenes clip exclusively from the film's Blu-ray special features.
• The Next Generation of Blu-ray - Don't get left behind with old tech! Check out what's next for Blu-ray in 2014 and beyond!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win one of the following titles (chosen at random from the list below).
• The Little Mermaid - Diamond Edition
• The Lone Ranger
• Monsters University
• Angels Sing
• Rise of The Guardians
• Despicable Me 2
• Turbo
• Grown Ups 2
• Wizard of Oz 3D
• The Wolverine
• Star Trek: Into Darkness
• White House Down
• Fast 6
• Pacific Rim
• After Earth
• Man of Steel
• Red 2
• World War Z
• 2 Guns
• Weeds: The Complete Collection
• Predator 3D

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NAPA AutoCare $25.00 Gift Card Giveaway

The Holiday season is rapidly approaching, and for a lot of us that means it’s ROAD TRIP time! Long trips can be taxing on your vehicle, which makes it even more important that it’s kept in tip top shape before you take-off.
The question is... do you know what it takes to keep up with your vehicles needs? How “car competent” are you?
Our friends at NAPA AutoCare Centers have created a quiz for you to test your Car Competency before you take the trip. Test your knowledge on basic auto care mainte-nance, and download some pro-tips along the way. 

Here’s what you can expect on your visit:
- NAPA AutoCare Centers use ASE Certified techs. This means that you can trust that your car is being serviced by knowledgeable professionals, specifically equipped to help with all your needs.
- NAPA AutoCare Centers offer The Peace of Mind Nationwide Warranty which includes a 24-month/24,000 mile warranty on qualifying repairs and services. This means you get to have all of the benefits that come with doing business with a locally-owned business, but still have your work certified and guaranteed nationwide!
- With more than 15,000 locations nationwide, there is a NAPA AutoCare Center that is close by and ready to take care of all your vehicles your family owns.

GIVEAWAY:  One Kids and Deals reader will win a $25 Napa AutoCare Gift Card. This card is good at any of your neighborhood NAPA AutoCare Centers.(enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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DISCLOSURE: I did not receive any compensation for this post. NAPA AutoCare supplied these materials to me.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Good Cook Sweet Creations Chocolaty Chip Peanut Butter Mini Loaves & Giveaway

Are you ready for all the Holiday baking? 

I love looking for new sweet treats to make for my family and friends.  Every year I make cookies and give them as presents to friends when we are invited to Christmas parties. 
When I saw the Sweet Creations Mini Loaf Pan, I knew I was going to use it for what I'm going to give out this year. 

I couldn't wait to start baking.  So I made some very yummy Chocolaty Chip Peanut Butter Mini Loaves.

So easy to prepare

Look how good they turned out.  The loaves came right out, no sticking. 
And the pan was so easy to clean.

Then I wrapped them in this festive parchment paper

Perfect for gifts!

 You can find this parchment paper on

 It was a huge success with the kids, and I'm sure it will please a lot of people, who doesn't love Peanut Butter and Chocolate?

Chocolaty Chip Peanut Butter Mini Loaves

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 12 oz semi sweet mini chocolate chip


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray loaf pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Cream together butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs.
  5. Beat in vanilla and buttermilk.
  6. Gradually add dry ingredients. Beat on low speed.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter between the four prepared loaf pans. (It will make about 5 loafs).
  8. Bake 45 minutes or until done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire wrack.
BUY IT: You can get 25% off coupon to for the Mini loaf pan. Use CODE: SWEETLOAF

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals will win a (1) Sweet Creations Mini loaf pan and parchment paper.
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Disclosure: I received the above products for free as a Good Cook Blogger.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Free Picture & Sweepstakes

Can you imagine how excited your kids would be if you caught Santa putting presents under the tree? 

Last Christmas, I used to show Santa putting presents under the tree on Christmas night, and the kids had a lot of fun looking at it.  

Unfortunately, they knew it wasn't real because the year before I had made an picture from a Thanksgiving photo.

These pictures are so much fun, and great memories.   Now you can even put a reindeer in it.

To celebrate their 5th year anniversary they'd like to invite you to catch Santa for FREE through December 10th!  Use Code: #SantaShare.

This is a picture I made this year.

The website is very user friendly, and you can make a picture in less than 5 minutes!  I love it, it has so many options, from Santa poses, to borders.

Cookies with Santa
Make sure to take advantage of the FREE code before December 10th!

I'd love to see your creations, so feel free to share them on our facebook wall.

While you're there enter their giveaway to win an iPad Air and gift cards from Amazon, Visa, and Starbucks!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Datevitation the One-of-a-Kind Coupon Date Book Review & Giveaway

My husband has been asking me to make him a coupon book for years, but I could never think of clever things to include in the book.  I couldn't believe it when I heard about Datevitation. Datevitation is exactly what I needed to make my husband a fun coupon book.  You can make a book for any occasion. 

 Their website was very user friendly.  You can choose who to send the book to. 

 You can also choose whether it's romantic or not.

You can make a book for your kids as well.
Their website offers over 500 romantic date ideas.  There is something for every personality. 

My favorite feature of their site is the personalization.  You can add your own faces to the characters!  So much fun.

This is the book I made for my husband.

I included some normal date stuff, and a few things he might appreciate like the one above. 
"Win an argument, you're right, I'm wrong. Case Closed."

I was very happy with the quality, and I have no doubt it will make a great present.

Datevitation is a family business run by the husband-wife team of Alex and Olga Karpman.  You can get to know them on the Datevitation blog, where they offer video guides to date ideas and romantic gestures.   You can even watch Alex propose to Olga in a video they posted on Youtube as a Save The Date, and now has over 1.5 million views (you can view the video here)!  

BUY IT: Books start at just $25 so it makes for a thoughtful yet economical gift.
But as a special treat for my followers, you can use the code  ‘KIDSANDDEALS’ for $10 off your purchase plus free shipping (total value of $13.50)  That means you can get your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift for Christmas starting at just $15!  

The order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery by Christmas is December 13 so make sure to get your order in before then!
GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win their Own Datevitation coupon date book.  (enter through the rafflecopter form below) a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Yoplait Go-Gurt Review & $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway

My Kids love Go-GURT® Yogurt! It’s fun to eat, and has great tasting flavors.
As a mom I love that Go-GURT® is now made with natural colors and flavors, and contains no high-fructose corn syrup! 

Go-GURT®  is also a good source of calcium, and vitamins A and D. 
Did you know that you could freeze a Go-Gurt and it will be thawed by lunchtime!  Which makes it perfect for a school lunch.
Go-Gurts come in over 15 different flavors.  My kids favorites are Cool Cotton Candy and Phineas and Ferb Perry Berry.

See all the flavors HERE.
They love to pick the characters they like on their yogurts, so sometime we go with Phineas and Ferb, sometimes we go with SpongeBob.
Learn more at!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a $25 Gift Card to Target.
(enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Eiffel Tower Birthday Cake

I've posted before about different birthday cakes I've made, and I wanted to share my latest one.

I'm not a professional, nor have I taken any classes for cake decorating, this is really just for fun.

My niece went to France this summer, and she decided to decorate her bedroom in a Paris theme. 

So I thought an Eiffel Towel Birthday cake would be appropriate.

Eiffel Tower Birthday Cake

Friday, November 8, 2013

Old El Paso Frozen Entree at Publix & Giveaway


You can now find premium, handcrafted, Old El Paso Frozen entrees for two in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. Imagine coming home from work and digging into your favorite Mexican dish only to find delicious ingredients you can actually see including steak, chicken and rice. Talk about convenient—it’s the savory Mexican taste you love, without the hassle and ready in minutes!


With eight different flavors of fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos, these entrees are sure to fulfill your dinner needs. On your way home from work tonight, swing by the store and head for the freezer aisle– your other half will thank you!
I decided to try the Chicken Enchiladas.  Seeing that there were 6 in the box, I thought it would be enough for an adult and a couple of kids, but it's really just for two. Even with just two adults eating that meal, you would want to add a salad or something else to the meal, because the enchiladas are very small.
I wasn't very impressed with the flavor either, but I'd be willing to try the other varieties.
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BUY IT: Available in the frozen aisle at Publix and other grocery stores for about $7.99.

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals readers will win an Old El Paso prize pack that includes:
• One (1) coupon valid for one Old El Paso Frozen Entrée (value up to $7.99)
• Mexican Tile Chip and Dip Bowl and Serving Platter
• $10 Publix® Gift Card

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Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dress your Elf on the Shelf

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? 

We've had ours visit for a couple of years now, and it has become harder and harder to think of ideas of things he can "do". 

So this year, my sister and I decided that we would dress our Elf on the Shelf!

I can't sew, and neither can she, so we bought some fabric and brought out our glue guns, and this is what we came up with. 

It's not perfect when you look closely, but I have no doubt that the kids will be so excited when they see the different outfits, they won't notice the imperfections.

This is our Elf on the Shelf Superhero Outfit. 

Some Pajama pants for another day.

With this outfit, we made him a little vest and ear muffs.

And finally, a sleeping bag, and pillow.
I can't wait for the kids to find him in the morning wearing his new outfits!
Do you have any ideas of what we can make next?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Publix Yoplait Greek Big G‏ Breakfast Event & $25 Publix Gift Card Giveaway


You already know Cheerios and new Yoplait® Greek yogurt are great ways to start your day and save money by having breakfast at home, but have you ever tried mixing the two together?
For example:
  • Yoplait Greek Blended Coconut + Banana Nut Cheerios = feels like you’re on the beach!
  • Yoplait Greek Blended Vanilla + Chocolate Cheerios = tastes like an ice cream twist!
  • Yoplait Greek Blended Blueberry + Frosted Cheerios = blueberry pie!
  • Yoplait Greek Blended Pineapple + Fruity Cheerios = tropical taste!
Regardless of what flavor combination you choose, you can stir the Cheerios right into the Yoplait cup for an easy, convenient breakfast!

Find great savings at
GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win a $25 Publix Gift Card!
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Moms, Win a Day Off Sweepstakes


Purex salutes Mothers. They believe You deserve a much-needed day off, and the Purex brand would like to provide it!

You can enter to WIN a day off for yourself or nominate another deserving Mom.

If you win, you will have a maid service clean your house and do the laundry while you’re off getting a mani-pedi, hire a baby sitter to watch the kids, and have dinner delivered so you don’t have to cook!

Enter HERE.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: the Purex Brand provided me with the information to write this post.  I did not receive any compensation for this post.

Like Purex & Win More Time for Mom‏

Enter the Like Purex and Win More Time for Mom Sweepstakes!

With the kids back in school, that means more time for Mom to shop, scrapbook, read and more!
Like the Purex brand on Facebook and enter to WIN one of their weekly prizes today!

Each week from October 16th to November 19th they’ll be giving away a some amazing "More Time for Mom" prizes:
  • Oct. 16 – 22:
    Cosmetics Shopping Spree
  • Oct. 23 – 29:
    Scrapbooking Shopping Spree
  • Oct. 30 – Nov. 5:
    Home Décor Shopping Spree
  • Nov. 6 – 12:
    New Wardrobe Shopping Spree
  • Nov. 13 – 19:
    Kindle Fire!
Each weekly grand prize winner will also receive a FREE year’s supply of Purex liquid detergent. 2nd place winners each week will receive a Kindle eReader.

Enter today for a chance to WIN, and enjoy some quality time for YOU!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Piczzle - Puzzle With Your Own Photo Review & Giveaway

Are you as crazy about photo gifts as I am?
I think I own every kind of photo "something" you can make.  I love putting my pictures on everyday items, they are great memories, and great gifts. 

This time, I got to make a picture puzzle from Piczzle.

Piczzle photo puzzles are made of outstanding materials, top craftsmanship and the highest print quality. They are constructed of a premium grade cardboard that has been laminated with a glossy finish. Their cardboard puzzles are precision press cut so that all pieces will be perfectly match one another and they are printed using an advanced digital printing technique that results in sharp, multicolored prints.

I was very impressed with the puzzle I received.  It came in a very cute box, with a picture of the puzzle on the box.

The puzzle itself is placed inside a protective plastic bag.

The quality of the picture is excellent.  The cardboard piece are very strong.  We've made the puzzle serveral times, and they are still intact.  I was very pleased with this Piczzle puzzle.

 This is the final product!

I chose a 30 pieces puzzle because I wanted my kids to be able to make it, however, they have many other options available.  You can get different shapes, different sizes, and more pieces.

I think this would be a great Christmas present for a grandparent, or even a birthday present for a kid with their picture on it.

Check out Piczzle Photo Puzzles on Facebook and Piczzle Photo Puzzles on YouTube.

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a Small Cardboard Puzzle from Piczzle.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.