Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Publix® Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips‏ Review & $25 Publix Gift Card Giveaway

Enjoy a veggie snack chip with a GIANT taste experience.

Can you believe Green Giant has been a fixture in grocery stores for nearly 100 years! But now you can find Green Giant™ somewhere you’ve never seen them before – in the snack aisle! Enjoy the delicious taste of roasted bell peppers, zesty cheddar flavor, and sweet potatoes in Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips.
All-new Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips offer a smarter snacking option available in four delicious flavors your family will love:
  • Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Zesty Cheddar Flavor
  • Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt
  • Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Garden Ranch Flavor
  • Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Barbeque

I love that Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips are made with real vegetables and real sweet potatoes.  I was expecting for them to taste "healthy", but I had to check the packaging several times to see if they really were veggies chips. 
We tried all 4 varieties, and they all tasted great!  The kids loved snacking on them, and they are so much healthier than regular chips.  
The Green Giant Veggies Snack chips contain 17 grams of whole grain per serving (14g for Sweet Potato Chips, 18g for Ranch) 48 grams of whole grain recommended daily. 

The Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips have 40% less fat than regular potato chips!
BUY IT: You can find them at your local Publix Store.

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win the following Prize Pack
• Samples of the product
• $25 Publix® Gift Card
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

VTech InnoTab 3S Review & Giveaway

VTech has been making electronic learning toys for years, and they are always coming out with the next great product.

Their newest one: the VTech InnoTab 3s Wi-Fi learning tablet.

 Can you tell by that face that she was excited to try it!

The InnoTab 3S has a 4 GB of internal memory which you can expand to 32 GB if you add a micro SD card, a D-Pad game control and creative camera features.

My kids were so excited to get the InnoTab and couldn't wait to try it out.  It is recommended for ages 3-9, though my 2 year old daughter really loves to play with it as well.

A really fun feature is that kids can send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones!  In return, parents can send text messages and stickers back to their child’s InnoTab 3S. My kids are always trying to take my phone, and now they can feel like they have one too. 
kids can also stay connected to their friends and siblings by sending messages safely between two InnoTab 3S tablets.
All communication is approved by you, that way you can rest assured that you child is only communicating with people they know and trust.

My favorite feature: The rechargeable battery pack with AC adapter that comes with it.  You don't need to spend extra money to buy it, and you don't have to keep changing batteries all the time.  There is nothing more annoying to me than to keep changing batteries in my kids' toys.

My Kids' Favorite feature: The 20 Apps it comes preloaded with.  They didn't have to wait for anything to download, they could play right away.
They also being able to take picture and videos with 180 degree rotating camera.

I wasn't so sure about the Wi-Fi ability at first, because letting my kids on the Internet terrifies me.  However, as I looked more into it, I realized that VTech has a kid-safe web browser.  It allows access to age-appropriate websites vetted by VTech’s educational experts. You also have the ability to add additional websites. The parental control feature is password protected to ensure kids can’t add websites without their parents’ permission.
I definitely felt a lot more comfortable with Internet access for my kids after being able to control what they can access.

Overall, the VTech InnoTab 3S has provided countless hours of educational fun for my.  Their ages are 7, 6, 4, and 2, and they have all been able to find something they love about it.

I am absolutely considering adding a couple more InnoTabs to our household around Christmas time.

BUY IT: InnoTab 3S retails at MSRP $99.99, and can be found at major retailers.

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Disclosure: I was provided with a VTech InnoTab 3S in order to write this review, however all opinions are 100% mine.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Luau 60th Birthday Party

As you may know, my sister and I love to throw themed birthday parties.  It's a lot of work, but the end result is always beautiful.

Our latest project:  A Luau Party for our Mom's 60th Birthday.

The rain decided to join us, so I didn't get pictures of everything I wanted, but this is what we had before the rain:

People were greeted with a Tiki Torch Entrance

The pictures make a 60, and the frame makes a great centerpiece.

You can't have a party without games, so my sister painted this awesome bean bag toss game.

This is one of the center pieces for the buffet

Some fun decorations around the yard

This was the gift table

Another great creation from my sister.  We made a direction sign so everyone knew where to go, and it looked great.

More decorations

We placed this box so everyone could share a story about my mom

We decorated another part of the yard with these beautiful paper flowers

This was a picture banner.  It is actually hanging on a set of lights.  We also had some hanging on string in other places.
 It's harder to see in this pictures, but this is another way we displayed pictures.

We had a photo booth for everyone to bring home a memory


 The Steel Drum player definitely put us in the party mood
Another display on the table

Unfortunately, since we had to move the party inside I didn't get to take pictures of the food, but I did manage to take a picture of these little cookie sandals.
And last, the beautiful birthday cake!  It was delicious too!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Growing Up Online Free eBook & The Lorax Blu-ray Giveaway

How did YOU teach your children to surf the web safely?
The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet!
Our kids have never known a world without the Internet. They’re spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical. Use the #GrowingUpOnline Blog App and take the quiz to see if your child is ready to safely surf the web!
Download the FREE Growing Up Online eBook and be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family, which show real situations that may occur when your kids go online.
This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way. Growing Up Online is packed with important tips that every parent should know!
While you are at it take the Is Your Child Internet-Ready? QUIZ - Have you talked with your kids about online safety? Take the quiz to find out if your child is Internet-ready!

6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online


One Kids and Deals reader will win a copy of Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack!
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Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi Review & Giveaway


Have you tried the New Purex UltraPacks plus OXI? 
I think the UltraPacks are great, they are so convenient, you just grab one and throw it in the washer.  There is no measuring, no pouring, no mess.  And now they make them with the stain fighting power of Oxi, which is definitely something I need in my house.
The new formula works to fight over 101 of your tough stains!  The concentrated DirtLift Action formula has 2X the cleaning power in every drop.   
 You get a full load's worth of concentrated liquid detergent in one Purex UltraPack with Oxi.
And it dissolves very quickly once you add it to your laundry.

Of course, I decided to try it out on my oldest two boy's dirty laundry.  One of them, tends to be very messy, and even with a napkin in front of him, he will choose to wipes his hands on his shirt or shorts first.  You can imagine the state of his clothes at the end of the day. 

I think the UltraPack worked great, there were no stains on their clothes when I got them out.  And the clothes smelled very nice!

The only thing to remember is to keep them out of reach of the little ones.  They will look very intriguing to a baby's mind, but like any household detergent, they may be harmful.


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Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Publix Flavor Excursion & $25 Publix Gift Card Giveaway

Inspired by recipes from around the world, your family will love these fun new tastes, and you’ll love the savings!

 Also check out the great recipes brought to you by General Mills, Kraft, Campbell’s and Red Gold at and remember to look for the great savings at your local store.

Here are some great Products you can get at Publix this week:

Green Giant Valley Fresh and Seasoned Steamers: BOGO
Digital Coupons:
- $1/3 Green Giant Valley Fresh and Seasoned Steamers
Print at Home Coupons:
$.60/3 Green Giant Valley Fresh and Seasoned Steamers
Pillsbury Crescent & Cinnamon Rolls & Breads: 3/$6 
Digital Coupons:
- $.50/2 Pillsbury Crescents
- $.40/2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
Print at Home Coupons:
- $.40/2 Pillsbury Crescents
- $1/2 Cinnamon Rolls
Old El Paso Items: 4/$5 
 Digital Coupons:
- $.60/3 Old El Paso items
Print At Home Coupons:
- $.50/1 Old El Paso Sauce
Progresso Recipe Starters and Soup: 4/$6
  Digital Coupons:
- $1/4 Progresso Soup, Recipe Starters and Broth
Print at Home Coupons:
- $.50/2 Progresso Soups
BOGO items:
- Progresso Breadcrumbs
Prices good through Wednesday, 9/18
Be sure to stop in store to discover tastes from around the world. For more details, please visit

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Purex Step into Fall Sweepstakes

Summer has officially ended and the new school year has begun.

Let Purex help you step into Fall with a bang and enter to WIN the $1,000 grand prize today, plus a year’s supply of Purex with Dirt Lift Action Detergent!

Can't we all use an extra $1,000! 

Enter HERE.

Good Luck to All!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of the New Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers?
I love fruit pouches, they are so easy for the kids to eat, mess free, and great on the go!  And they are healthy!
These delicious and nutritious, on-the-go snacks could be a great addition to your child’s lunchbox.  I give them as afternoon snacks, or dessert.
 The Fruit Burst Squeezers™ are available in two varieties: 
•Simply Fruit (Strawberry, Mixed Berry and Apple Cinnamon) 
•Fruit + Veggie (Peach-Mango and Blueberry)
The kids loved these Fruit Squeezers.  They didn't even give me time to take a picture with the two boxes I received, they had to try them right then and there!
I love seeing that I can give my kids fruit, and they devour it as if it was candy.

Each squeezer has 1 1/2 servings of fruit and vegetables.  Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers also contain no artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup. 
These Del Monte Fruits Burst Squeezers are definitely going to become a staple in our home.

First Day of School Photo Contest on facebook!

All you have to do is upload an original photo of your child on their first day of school or yourself on your own first day of school.

The top 20 Finalist photos will be posted to the Del Monte Fruit Squeezers website, and fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite photo.

The winning entry will receive a $10,000 donation to a school of their choice!

Enter HERE.

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers Prize Pack.
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The Prize Pack includes:
•Two boxes of Fruit Burst Squeezers™ (one Fruit + Veggies 4-pack and one Simply Fruit 4-pack)
•One Del Monte lunchbox
•One orange-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote
•One strawberry-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote
•One Del Monte magnetic frame
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Disclosure: Del Monte provided me with samples of their products in order to write my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Orkin Home Education Kit Giveaway

Is your home at risk?
The best way to protect your home is education. How much do you know about household pests? They don’t have a place in your home, but pests do have a place in the world. From science and forensics to art and culture, pests play an important role.
Orkin are EXPERTS in bug science and developing customized solutions for keeping your home pest-free!
I'm not a fan of bugs, and this app. is my new best friend.  I've learned so much about pests, and weird facts too!
Take the Pest Test Quiz to find out how well you know about our tiny neighbors!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win The Orkin Home Education Kit.
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The Orkin Home Education Kit includes:
• 2 Orkin Factoids 11x17 Posters
     - Poster #1 - The Pollinators
     - Poster #2 - The Recyclers
• 1 Orkin bug-finding flashlight
• 20 Rubber Toy Creepy Crawly Bugs
Be your own Orkin man! Use the flashlight and fun posters to learn about how every creature plays a part in our ecosystem.
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Free Address Labels from Tiny Prints just pay shipping


Great Offer from Tiny Prints! 

Enjoy a free set of address labels. Use code FBEXCLUSIVE at checkout to claim yours. You will just have to pay $3.50 for shipping.
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 * Offer expires 9/8/13 at 11:59 pm (PT).

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Renuzit Cones Review & Giveaway

I think I mention this in almost every post I write, but I will say it again, I love scent, and I'm crazy about any products with scent!  I just want things to smell good. 
I want my house, my car, my laundry, my beauty products and anything to smell good.

So you guessed it; my review today is for a product that has lots scent: the New Renuzit Cones

I was sent four cones to try in the following scents: After the Rain, Simply Vanilla, Tahitian Breeze and Hawaiian Oasis.  They all smell great, but After the Rain probably takes the #1 spot.

The cones actually come in 18 scents, so there is something for everyone.  I think I will try the Fresh Lavender next.  They even have them in flavor like Crème Brulee and Red Velvet Cake, I wasn't kidding when I said they have a scent for everyone.

I decided to Tahitian Breeze in my bedroom. It smells so relaxing in there now.

The Simply Vanilla in the Kids bathroom.  And let me tell you, I have fours kids that use this bathroom, and it doesn't matter how often I clean, this bathroom never smells nice.  Well, that is until now.  I was in total shock when I came back to the bathroom and it actually had a nice smell to it! I've tried other products before, but the Renuzit Cone is really working well in that bathroom.

I used the After the Rain in my bathroom.  I love that scent, it makes my bathroom smell very fresh.

And finally, the Hawaiian Oasis went into my laundry, because unfortunately this is where we also have the cat litter.  The smell is much nicer in that room too.

Overall, I was very impressed to how well the Renuzit cones worked.  They definitely work best in smaller rooms, but even in bigger areas you can smell the cone once in a while. 

Another concern I had was whether the kids would be too curious and want to touch the inside of the cones, but it didn't happen at all, even with my 2 year old.

Make sure to check out Renuzit on facebook for special offers and promotions!  They have a Rezunit Rendezvous sweepstakes going on right now.

That's not all!

GIVEAWAY:  3 lucky Kids and Deals readers will get to try the New Renuzit Cones for themselves!  3 readers will each receive 2 $1.00 Off Coupons for Renuzit Cones, which will make them Free or very close to Free at most stores!
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Disclosure: The Renuzit Brand provided me with sample Renuzit Cones in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.