Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dial Kids Body + Hair Wash Review & Giveaway

 
Check out this New "big kids" Dial Kids Body + Hair Wash for ages 6+. 
 
It's great to see that they can make a body and hair wash that has all the great benefits of a baby wash, but geared to bigger kids.  My two older boys were so happy to see this new kids soap in the shower.  I always kept buying baby wash because it offered tear free, two in one wash, and was gentle for the skin.

The New Dial Kids Body + Hair wash has all these features with a cool bottle  design and fun scents.  I still feel good about them using a soap that is for kids, and gentle on their skin, and they get to feel that they are upgrading to a new soap. 

About Dial Kids Body + Hair Wash:
  • For ages 6+
  • Mild Cleansing without drying out skin
  • No artificial Dyes or added parabens
  • pH balanced
  • Tear free
  • Hypoallergenic
Offered in two fun scents: Watery Melon and Berry Cool.

My oldest son is 7, and his skin tends to be sensitive in the winter.  I was curious to see how the Dial Kids soap would work for him.  It didn't dry his skin, and I actually think it helped hydrate it.  I will definitely keep using this kids' body wash.

The Dial Kids Sweepstakes

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Disclosure: The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Kids Body and hair wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kid Costumes for Every Occasion

What kid doesn't love to dress up?  Not mine! 

My kids will re-wear their old halloween costumes forever, even if they become way too small.  They make up stories and shows and dress up for that too.

We all know costumes are not cheap and it's not easy to find a big selection for costumes outside of halloween.  That's when I was happy to learn about buycostumes.com, you can shop all year.

I was sent a costume from buycostumes.com to do this review, and check out their site.  I was impressed at the amount of customes they have, and a lot of them are on sale. 

My son had a hard time picking, but this is the one he decided on.

 
The Soul Reaper.
 
 
 
 
He loves that he came squeeze his heart and the souls on his chest move.  Yes, he's very much a boy, but it makes him happy.
 
The costume was very good quality, everything came nicely packaged, and shipped very fast. 
 
It doesn't have to be for halloween either.  They have costumes for St Patrick's Day, Easter, Murder Mystery parties and much more.  If you can think of an occasion to dress up, I'm sure they have a costume for it.
 
We are doing a Minnie Mouse Birthday party for my daughter, so this is the costume we got her.


This is not my daughter by the way.
 
My other son even saw a Skylander costume so I know what I will be buying come Halloween.
 
I loved that they have huge selection of sale or clearance costumes so you can find some great deals, and if you buy for the whole family at once, then you might be able to get free shipping as well.
 
Overall, I would definitely recommend checking out their site if you are looking for a costume.  Their prices are very competitive, and you can find a huge selection.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Don't Worry, Be Happy Sweepstakes

 
Soft Scrub is proud to introduce the Don't Worry, Be Happy Sweepstakes featuring NEW Soft Scrub® Advanced Surface!

  • One lucky winner will receive $1,000
  • 250 second place winners get to try NEW Soft Scrub® Advanced Surface for FREE!
 
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Publix and Fiber One Bars Giveaway


Can you imagine that 9 out of 10 Americans aren´t getting the recommended amount of fiber each day?
 
Now getting your fiber has never been tastier than with Fiber One's new Trail Mix and Protein bars. Taking care of yourself suddenly sounds like fun!
 
It all started with the Oats and Chocolate Fiber One bar, but now Fiber One offers several solutions to help you get the fiber you need. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy fiber! Check out their range of products at a Publix® near you.
 
 

I was pleasantly surprised at how good these bars actually are.  My favorite is definitely the Caramel Nut!  It's delicious.
 
Check out all these flavors & Benefits:
 
  • Oats & Chocolate - 35% of your daily fiber with chocolate chunks, chocolate flavored drizzle & yes some oats
  • Chewy Trail Mix - 35% of your daily fiber with chocolate chunks, raisins, peanuts & cranberries
  • Caramel Nut Protein - 7g of protein plus 20% of your days´ fiber with caramel and peanuts wrapped in chocolate flavored coating
  • Coconut Almond Protein - 7g of protein plus 20% of your days´ fiber with coconut and almonds wrapped in a chocolate flavored coating

  •  
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    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent Review & Giveaway

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    Meet the newest Purex family member: Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent.

     This detergent delivers the Bright, White, and Clean you expect from the Purex brand, but with naturally sourced ingredients. Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash offers natural fragrance extracts, providing a great scent and a formula gentle enough for sensitive skin. What’s more, the biodegradable formula promotes green cleaning practices.


    I love all the natural and green elements to this detergent, and it smells like the tropics!  It really has a sweet tropical smell to it.

    To sum it up, here is what Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash has to offer:
    • Hypoallergenic, dye-free formula for sensitive skin.
    • Fresh, nature inspired fragrance.
    • Packs the cleaning power of Purex with DirtLift Action.
    • Available in 50oz, 75oz, and 100oz sizes.
    I've come to the point where I only use Purex detergents, and I love being able to switch scents once in a while.  It also has DirtLift Action which I really need and appreciate with kids!

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    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Soft Scrub® Advanced Surface Review & Giveaway

     
    I was very eager to try this New product, the Soft Scrub Advanced Surface.  I was so excited that I will even embarrass myself with pictures of my fridge. 
     
    Let me tell you about the product first:
    NEW Soft Scrub® Advanced Surface is the rinse-free gel that cleans and polishes granite and marble countertops, glass cooktops, and stainless steel. Soft Scrub Advanced Surface is both tough on stains, and gentle on even your most delicate surfaces.

    I tried it on my stainless steel fridge.  It really needed it!


     
    I know it looks bad, but please keep in mind I have eight little hands touching that fridge everyday. 
     Needless to say, I was in desperate need of a great product.
     
     
    The final result!  I was very pleased.  A lot of the products I've tried before require several steps, and are time consuming. 
    However, this stainless steel cleaner was very easy, just one application, and I have a clean fridge.
     
    
    I also tried it on my stovetop and love using it there too.

    You want a chance to try it too?

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    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Carefree Crafts Review & Giveaway

    Carefree Crafts was probably one of the most fun product I've reviewed in a while.  I love being able to try something fun with the kids, and it was so easy for me.  Everything was prepared and ready for me to have a great time doing crafts with the kids.

    Carefree Crafts is a monthly kids craft subscription club aimed at kids 3-10. Each month you get a curated package of fun crafts that you and your kids can assemble. The kits vary by month and are often centered on a holiday or seasonal theme.

    I love that Carefree Crafts was founded by a mom, Carolyn, that understands that it's not always easy to just load the kids in the car, and go to the craft store.  Not counting the time it would take to find ideas of what crafts to make. 

    We received the Spring Theme package.


    It came neatly packaged in one large plastic bag.

     
    The Craft Package included 5 different crafts to do.

     
     The boys each picked a craft.  There was something to please everyone.
     
     
    Landon started the Sand Art

     
    Ethan made a paper plate craft


     
    Elijah worked on a Ladybug Jar
     
     

    Each craft had directions, and everything needed to put it together

     
    The bigger boys were able to do most of it by themselves, I helped Elijah (4) with his

     
     
    The Finished Crafts!
     
    
     Overall, I really enjoyed everything that came in the package.  It gave us a good hour of activity, and the kids have fun crafts to be proud of.

    I love the convenience of having everything delivered to my doorstep.

    Some of you may wonder why you couldn't just buy the stuff yourself instead of buying a monthly subscription.  I think realistically, most of us are busy moms and we don't have the time to always plan and make the extra trips to buy everything. 
    Carefree crafts would allow you to simply sit down with the kids, and have fun.

    I have personally tried a couple of kits from other monthly subscriptions, and I will say the quality of Carefree Crafts was just as good, and the price is much nicer!

    BUY IT: Pricing starts at $12.95 per month if you purchase a fixed 12-month subscription, or $14.95 per month if you pay monthly.
    There are other options as well.

    ~You can get your first monthly craft package for only $2.95 with coupon code FREETRIAL~

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    Disclosure: I received a Carefree Craft package for free in order to write my review.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-Ray Giveaway



    How exciting!  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is coming to Blu-ray & DVD March 19th 2013!

    J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

    From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

    My husband and I can't wait to watch it together.  It will be perfect for a movie night at home!

    Look at the App. below and check out vital stats and unique features about each Creatures of Middle-earth! Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves are just a few of the magical creatures that call Middle-earth home.

    Also, Show everyone how excited you are about this and Tweet with the #TheHobbit hashtag about the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming to Blu-ray & DVD March 19th 2013!




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    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Purex with Crystals Fragrance Review & Giveaway

     


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    I don't think it can get any better than this. 
     
    Two of my favorite products, combined into one!  So I get the amazing scent of the Purex Crystals in the detergent, and I save money because I don't have to buy two products to get the same result.  I love this idea.
     
     
    When I heard Purex were putting their Crystals in the detergent, I thought it was genius. I love the Crystals, they make your clothes smell really good, for a really long time, but I don't always have fabric softener on my budget. 
     
    Combining them, makes it perfect. The scent of the Crystals on my clothes after the wash was almost as strong as using the Crystals by themselves. I also love the smell in my laundry room while my clothes are in the washer.
     
    The Purex with Crystals laundry Detergent with with fabric softener also has DirftLift Action.  In 2013, the entire family of Purex detergents will have the power of DirtLift Action which works deep into clothes to get out dirt.  With the deep cleaning power of Purex DirtLift Action, you can be sure your clothes will stay bright, white and clean.
     
    It is available in the liquid detergent aisle at your local Walmart, Target, Kroger, and other Purex retailers.
     
    
     
    Purex is proud to introduce the Experience the Enchantment Sweepstakes featuring Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance!
     
    • One lucky winner will receive $1,000 and a year of FREE Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener. 
    • 500 second place winners get to try this powerful, fresh detergent for FREE!

    GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a Coupon for Free Purex with Crystals Fragrance.
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    Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Detergent plus fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    Frozen Buttercream Transfers for Birthday Cakes

    After getting the idea from Wilton, I've been decorating my kids' birthday cakes with these transfers. You basically pick a picture, trace it with frosting, and freeze it.
     
    I love using these, the kids get the cake they want, and I don't need special training.

    Here are the ones I've made so far:


     
    My niece love Dolphins, so I made her this one.
     
     
    This is my Papa Smurf cake, and my first attempt. 
     
     
    I made this Detroit Lions Logo for my husband.
     
     
    Here is my Ninja Turtle Cake, I made the next three transfers on the same day, and I was having a problem with the coloring.  I later found out that I just put too much liquid in my frosting, but the kids were still happy. 
     
     
    The blue Ninjago, because they each wanted a different color one, I had to make two.

     
    the Red Ninjago.
     
     
    Next, I am trying a Minnie Mouse birthday cake, we'll see how that goes.

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    Return to Nim’s Island on Hallmark Channel & Giveaway



    Walden Media & Hallmark Channel are proud to announce:
     
    Return to Nim’s Island premiering on Hallmark Channel March 15th 2013 at 7/8C!

    Return to Nim’s Island
    , the sequel to Walden Media’s 2008 box office hit Nim’s Island, picks up the story a few years later with 14-year-old Nim (Bindi Irwin) more determined than ever to protect her island and the animals that call it home. With ruthless resort developers and greedy wildlife poachers threatening the existence she loves, Nim realizes she and her animal pals can’t defend their home alone. To save her island, she is forced to combine forces with an outsider: Edmund, a runaway from the mainland. Only with his help does she stand a chance of stopping the villains from dismantling her world.

    Return to Nim'’s Island marks the debut of Walden Family Theater, presented by Walmart and P&G. The new destination for family entertainment, exclusively on Hallmark Channel.
     
    PLUS! You can pick up your copy of Return to Nim’s Island on Blu-ray & DVD exclusively at Walmart Stores just 4 days after the premiere.
     
    Check out this fun App with these features:

    • Discover Which Adventurer You Are Quiz! Whether you’re a fearless explorer, a precocious castaway or an unexpected hero, Nim'’s Island is an adventurer’s paradise. Take the quiz to find out which Nim’ adventurer you are!
    • 7 Awesome Family Activities! You don’t have to travel to an exotic island or faraway land because, adventures happen everywhere! Download and share these awesome family adventures that will transport you all to your next, unforgettable journey.
    • Postcard from Nim’'s Island! Postcards from a faraway island! Share these funny postcards from Nim’'s Island with your friends and family!
    I can't wait to watch it with the kids!

     



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    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Dial Coconut Water Body Wash Review & Giveaway

    With all the new interest in Coconut water and its benefits, I was interested to try the New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash!



    The coconut water and the bamboo leaf extract in the body wash are supposed to keep your skin clean, healthy and ultra hydrated.


    I love products with the scent of coconut, but I also love a fresh soap scent, and this new dial body wash combines the two.  It has the sweet scent of coconut with the freshness of clean water.  I really enjoyed using it in the shower, and I do think it kept my skin well hydrated. 

    I loved that my skin did not feel tight or dry after getting out of the shower.  And it was soft enough on my skin, that I would even consider letting my 7 and 6 year old using it.  It could become our new family body wash.


    Coconut water is found in young, green coconuts and known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that provide replenishing hydration.  A leading trend in the food and beverage category, coconut water is known as "super water" for its natural hydration and health benefits.



    Dial® is proud to introduce the Healthier Skin. Healthier You.® Sweepstakes featuring Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash

    One grand prize winner will win $1000, and 250 first place winners will win a Free bottle of New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash!

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    Disclosure: Dial soap provided me with a sample of New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Publix Running Out? Run In. Deal

    So you are ready to stock up again this month, because you are already running out of the products your family needs? You´re in luck!
     
    From March 14th through March 20th, look for the Running Out? Run In. event at Publix to take advantage of great savings on some favorite brands from General Mills and Procter & Gamble, like Cheerios, Totino´s Pizza, Charmin and Crest.
     
    Plus, if you buy $25 of participating items during this event, you can mail in to receive a $5 Publix gift card to use on your next shopping trip!
     
     
    This is a great deal, as you can add manufacturer coupons to most of these items, as well as find the Running Out? Run In. Publix Coupons in store.  Most of these items will be on sale, so make sure to stock up while you can get a great price for them, and a bonus $5 Gift Card can always come in handy. 
     
    I know I'm getting Diapers and yogurts, and probably more.  What are you getting?
     
     
     
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    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    “It’s Not Your Fault” Book Review & Giveaway

    Thanks to MomSelect I got the opportunity to read a great book by Steve Shenk, It's Not Your Fault and I Can Prove it.


    Steve Shenk is a food expert and founder of the eFoodsDirect gourmet storable food company, and he used his experiences with many different people to write his very inspiring book.

    On top of being a mom of four, I also go to school full time, and I was worried about committing to reading and reviewing a book on a time schedule, but I love to read, and decided I could do it.  Well, once I started the book, it was very easy to finish.

    I really enjoyed the style of writing, he makes his points very relevant to the reader and easy to understand. 

    Steve Shenk takes you through his book with the voices of Michael, the student, and The Guardian, a wise teacher.  Michael would represent most of us,  going through life making decisions on life choices and relationships.  The Guardian reanalyzes these choices with Michael and shows him how to take a different perspective on his views, and how that new perspective can save him from dealing with unpleasant feeling in life, such as guilt, anxiety, stress, depression, fear, misery and pain.

    The Guardian shows Michael the steps to take to go back to our first instincts of happiness, joy, success, and peace.  The Guardian takes Michael step by step in showing him how to recognize the "Trash" that clutters his life, and how to remove it from his life.

    The book is full of wisdom quotes from the Guardian, which I really enjoyed reading.  One of my favorites was:

    "A most important law that we all must remember is that when someone acts or speaks in a negative was toward us it is never about us, it is always about them. Believe it. It is always about them. Think about it."  The Guardian.

    A major point in the book is for us to forget about the past, to move forward, and to stop looking for blame.  Everyone makes mistakes, the Guardian helps you forgive yourself.

    I really found this book inspiring in many ways.  I found it easy to relate to, and after reading this book I love that I don't feel too overwhelmed about making positive changes in my life.

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    Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book, thanks to MomSelect, in order to write my review, all opinions are 100% mine.




    Monday, March 4, 2013

    Bare Fruit Review & Giveaway


    I think most of us look for healthy options when it comes to snacks for the kids.

    Unfortunately, when I say "healthy", my kids usually respond with "yuck".

    However, they love fruit, and the apple is one of their favorite fruit, so I was very interested to see how they would like Bare Fruit Cinnamon Apple Chips.

    Before I tell you what the kids thought, let me tell you a little about Bare Fruit.

    Bare Fruit Snacks are all-natural and the organic chips are certified.   Made from Washington State apples, their apple chips are low in calories, fat free and full of fiber.  The only ingredients on the bag we received were: Organic Apples, and Organic Cinnamon.

    So what was their opinion?  Their answer: Yummy!


    Only one of my kids did I have to convince to give them a try, but in the end, they all loved them.  I was pleasantly surprised myself.  I was expecting them to be good, and a snack I could feel good about eating, but I they are actually delicious! They have a nice sweet taste and crunchy feeling. 







    Not only can I feel good about eating them, but they taste like a nice treat!




    Bare Fruit also offers different products:
     


    • Cinnamon Apple Chips
    • Fuji Red Apple Chips
    • Granny Smith Apple Chips
    • Mango Dried Fruit
    • Pears Dried Fruit
    and more...

    You can buy them directly from their site, and Amazon, Walmart, Publix and many more stores.


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