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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Disclosure: Yellow Pages supplied these materials, I did not receive any forms of compensation.
Each household is only eligible to win ONE YP Prize Pack 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.

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

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.

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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DISCLOSURE: I did not receive any compensation for this post. Blu-ray supplied these materials to me.

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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Each household is only eligible to win ONE $25 Napa AutoCare Gift Card 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.

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