Monday, June 30, 2014

Strawberry Melba Recipe & ‪#‎freshfuitbowl Giveaway ‪#‎BBBProduct‬

Summer is the perfect time for fresh fruit recipes with lots color. 

I love strawberries, and I loved how fresh Peach Melba tastes in the summer, so of course I had to make a Strawberry Melba version.

You can't go wrong with strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream!

I used this awesome fruit bowl to hold my clean strawberries while preparing my dessert.


It's so quick and simple to make, it's perfect when you have guests over for a casual dinner.

Strawberry Melba:
  • 1 lb Strawberries
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  • Whipped Cream
Take half of your strawberries and cut them in small pieces.  Take the other half and place in a food processor or blender with 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional).  Blend until it becomes a smooth sauce. 
  • Place a spoonful of sauce in bottom of bowl
  • Add a scoop of ice cream
  • top with strawberry pieces
  • Add whipped cream
  • Drizzle more strawberry sauce
 ~for more color top with small pistachio pieces~

Makes 4


I love preparing this because it only takes minutes, and it always looks great!

This product is exclusively available at Bed Bath and Beyond.  Check it out HERE.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Join Me at the #WOWsummit 2014 in Orlando Giveaway

Are you attending the Moms Meet WOW Summit 2014 in Orlando, FL?

I'm very excited to attend my very first Moms Meet WOW summit this November 7–9.
I can't wait to meet all the wonderful natural and organic brands, as well as the all moms that will be attending.

The event is open to moms everywhere who are interested in raising healthy, and happy families.

You will get to listen to various speakers, attend workshops, and peruse the exhibitor area, where you can meet representatives from your favorite brands, taste delicious foods, and snag some freebies.
Plus, there will be lots of surprise giveaways and prizes.

Register before July 31st and get the Early Bird Special pricing, and if you share the event with your friends and family on social media, you’ll nab a 20% discount!  See details HERE.
~ Purchase an Early Bird Special ticket and enter to win tickets to Walt Disney World Resort! *You must purchase ticket before August 1st

Why Attend?
I have wonderful news!  One of my reader will get to attend this event!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a Pass to the Summit in Orlando, FL Nov 7-9 2014!
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Disclosure: I received a free pass to the summit in exchange for sharing information on this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway

When life hands you dung, just roll with it.
At Orkin, they never stop learning. The new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.
Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!

The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!

GIVEAWAY:  One Kids and Deals reader will win a Backyard Explorers Kit.
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Disclosure: Orkin LLC supplied these materials for my post, I did not receive any compensation, all opinions are 100% mine.

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit 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.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

French for Kids DVD: On va Jouez by Whistlefritz


Are you ready for more French lessons from Whistlefritz?

This time they've come up with a new fun DVD called On va Jouez- Let's play.

 I've reviewed a couple of other French learning products for kids that Whistlefritz offers, and this one was just as fun, joyful, and educational as the others.

Their products are interactive full immersion programs which means they only speak in French, and never translate.  However, they make sure to illustrate what is being said with images, and lots of repetition. 

Fritzi the mouse returns in this DVD with a group of kids and Mary who does most of the teaching.  On va Jouez introduces kids to body parts, and clothes.  As I've mentioned in my other reviews, it's always very important for me that the people in the videos speak native French, which all of them do in Whistlefritz products.

I love that they sing familiar songs in French such as "head, shoulders, knees, and toes".  The DVD is full of color, fun songs, and dance along parts.

My youngest two kids couldn't wait to watch it, my oldest two were a little apprehensive, but as soon as the DVD started they were all laughing and singing along. 

The kids will watch the DVD, then I will ask them about words later, and as long as I keep the words fresh in their minds, they are able to recall them.  The fact that they have watched them being sung in familiar songs also helps them a lot.

You can watch a sample of the DVD Here

I'm a big fan of Whistlefritz French learning products, and I feel that they are a great help in teaching kids a foreign language.  Of course, this DVD alone isn't going to make anyone fluent, but it definitely helps with basic words, and sentences. 

I also love that they are very affordable.

BUY IT: buy it online HERE for $19.99

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the product above in order to write my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Operation Smile Charity

Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit

I recently learned about Operation Smile from

  Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.

I love the fact that with each textbook rental from they donate to Operation Smile.

I also wanted to remind you guys about their RentBack ( program.  With summer just starting it's hard to think about getting back to school, but it will get here sooner than you think.

RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options from their Universities!  Isn't that awesome?!

How Does it Work?  Watch the video...

Disclosure: CampusBookRentals provided me with the information for this post, all opinions are 100% mine.  I will receive a gift in exchange for this post.

The Lego Movie Blu-Ray Giveaway

The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

My kids really want to see this movie.  We didn't get to see it when it was out at the theater, but we are definitely getting it on Blu-Ray! 
Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Create a mini 6 second LEGO GIF Video:  Press the "record" button and  your video can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win The Lego Movie on Blu-ray! (enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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Disclosure: Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray 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.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Zim's Crack Creme Review & Giveaway

We all welcome summer after a rough winter, well Florida winters aren't too bad, but a lot of you tend to have it rough. 

However, way too soon after being glad summer is back, I start complaining of the heat, the bugs, and the rashes and bites that come with it. 

I was happy to learn about Zim's Advanced Crack Crème with HydrocortisoneIt serves as a skin-soothing beauty cream, while also relieving pesky summer abrasions and irritations from bug bites to heat rashes.

 My parents always have mosquitoes at their house, and I get bit every time I visit.  I used Zim's on my mosquito bites, and it really helped relieve the itch, and in turn avoided me scratching so much that I would make myself bleed.

Zim's Advanced Crack Creme with Hydrocortisone can be used on hands and feet to moisturize dry skin, leaving it silky smooth, while also promoting the healing of common and unpredictable scrapes and cuts.

I tend to wear flip flops most of the year, and my feet get way too dry.  I used Zim's on my heals, and I was so shocked at how fast it healed the dryness and cracks from my heals.  I would have taken a before and after picture, but I was just too embarrassed to post the before online.
My favorite part is that it has natural ingredients of aloe and arnica, and it's developed by a pharmacist!

BUY IT: Comes in 3oz container and is sold at $9.99 SRP
Available on,, and multiple national drug store chains including: Harris Teeter, HD Smith, Marc's, Medi-Systems, and Value Drug.

In addition to Zim's Advanced Crack Creme, Zim's distributes more than two dozen first aid and topical pain relief products, including its popular Max-Freeze which provides maximum muscle and joint pain relief.

I tried Max-Freeze on my back, and the cooling sensation really helped relieve the ache.  Like Zim's, Max-Freeze is formulated with naturally based ingredients too.  Some of the ingredients are Aloe, Arnica, Vitamin E and tea tree oil.

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win Zim's Advanced Crack Crème and Max- Freeze!  (enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vote For The Name Of The New Snickers Bar & Snickers Movie Ticket Giveaway!

A delicious new SNICKERS® Bar is coming. It has more peanuts, more caramel, and more chocolate. It has more of everything people love most about SNICKERS – except nougat and a name.
Mars Chocolate North America has announced that for the first time consumers will have the opportunity to help name the newest product from SNICKERS!
The as-of-now unnamed bar includes a single delicious layer of crunchy roasted peanuts and smooth caramel perfectly blended and enrobed in milk chocolate.
Visit the SNICKERS Facebook page (, through June 13, 2014, to choose from one of five possible names:
SNICKERS Nuts Galore
The new bar will be out in stores in 2015!

I voted for Snickers Nuts Galore, and I can't wait to try them!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will Win two movie tickets and Snickers Brand Products.
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Disclosure: The Snickers brand provided the above information in order to write this post. I did not receive any compensation, all opinions are 100% mine.
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Snickers Voting Pack with an assortment of Snickers Brand products and two (2) movie tickets. 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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The New Fiber One Streusel Bars on the Go #StreuselHack

I'm someone that has to eat breakfast in the morning, but I don't always have time to sit down for it. 

Mornings usually consist of taking kids to school, and running errands before it's time to pick up my son that only goes half a day.

I'm always looking for the perfect grab and go breakfast, and I'm so glad I found the New Streusel Bars from Fiber One.  They are such a welcome change to the traditional cereal bar.

Not only are they different from everything else out there, but they are also delicious!  Made with a brown sugar and oats topping over a real fruit filling, they contain:
- 20% daily value of fiber
- 150 calories per bar
- 12 grams whole grain

They are my new favorite breakfast for busy mornings!
The Fiber One Streusel Bars come in two delicious flavors, blueberry and strawberry, and I love them both!

Disclosure: I received the above product from #PlatefullCoOp in order to write this review.  All opinions are 100% mine. #spon 

A Visit to Busch Gardens Tampa

Disclosure: This is sponsored post.  As a Busch Gardens Tampa Ambassador, I was given entrance tickets for free, however, all opinions are 100% mines.

Last week we had the opportunity to spend a fun family day at Busch Gardens Tampa.  
The kids were so excited!  We've been to Busch Gardens before, but it had been a while, and now that they are a little older, they were really able to enjoy and remember the experience.

We made sure to get there around opening time so we could enjoy as much time as we needed in the park.

Family Tip: If you have young children, and use a stroller, make sure to ask the parking attendant for a Stroller Parking Pass.  This will take you near the preferred parking so you won't have to fold and unfold the stroller to get in the tram.
With tickets printed in advance, it was very easy to get into the park.  No lines, we went straight to the gates.  

Busch Gardens gets you straight into the theme park mood with people on stilts welcoming you at the entrance.  We grabbed a map, and were on our way to a fun day.

First we stopped by Myombe reserve, where we got to see Chimpanzees and gorillas. You get to walk through these animals' natural habitats, and see them interact with each other.  It was fascinating to see the interactions from up close.

Next up was IcePloration at the Moroccan Palace Theater. IcePloration was a beautiful show with a combination of ice skating and live animals.

I love the message in show about getting kids to put down the smartphones and explore the world.

The kids even got to meet one of the stars of the show!

We continued out journey with more animals.  This time we arrived at feeding time for the tigers in Jungala.  

The trainers were there giving us details about the tigers, and trying to teach the tiger to swim for us.  They were throwing a stick in the water, and rewarding the tiger with food if she went in the water. 

It was really interesting to watch from so close, and we learned a lot of great info.  I love being able to ask questions about the animals with people who work with them everyday. 

Finally, we arrived in the New Pantopia, where you find the New Falcon's Fury! Falcon's Fury wasn't opened yet, but I'd love to give it a try next time we visit.  

The decor in Pantopia was bright and beautiful.  

This is where we stopped for lunch at the Pantopia Grill, and we even got to watch a singing and dancing show while we ate.

Now the Kids' favorite!  Sesame Street Safari of Fun.  After seeing the animals, it was time for a little fun for kids.  

They got to relax on rides, and freshen up in the water area.  Sesame Street Safari of Fun is great for younger kids.  There is even a couple live shows, and a meet and greet area with characters.

After the fun, we climbed on the Rhino Rally ride, and walked along Kangaroos in the Walkabout way.  

We also saw alligators from up close, and walked in the bird gardens. 

My daughter was too young for the kangaroos so they gave her food to feed the ducks, which she really enjoyed doing.

Of course, you can't enjoy a Florida afternoon without rain, but the Cheetahs were still beautiful even in the rain!

This great day had to come to an end eventually, but even a little wet everyone was still in great spirits! 

We can't wait to go back to try the rides we didn't get to go on this time, and watch a couple of different shows.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bet On Your Baby & Luvs Coupon Giveaway

The ABC Show Bet on Your BABY is back! Would you take YOUR baby into the baby dome? How do you think you and your baby would do on the show?
All parents think they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? Find out when actress/comedienne and working mom Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Family's Baby Daddy hosts this adorable, hilarious and surprisingly suspenseful game show. Parents try to predict their toddler's next move in an effort to win money for their child's future education.
Airs Saturdays at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC starting May 31st.

“Like” BOYB on Social Media!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals will Win a three (3) pack of coupons for Luvs Jumbo Pack of diapers. (enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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And remember to use the #BetOnYourBaby hashtag

I don't think I would be able to predict my daughter, though it would be a lot of fun to see how she would react on the show.

Disclosure: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Pack of Three Luv's Coupons 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. 
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

48 hr Good Cook 3 Pc Tool Set Giveaway

I've been telling you guys about the Good Cook Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes where you can build you own Kitchen Drawer and win all the items in it.  It's still going on, make sure to enter to win through July 14th!

It's very simple to add items to your drawer, just click the "ADD ME" icon below on any participating product.

GIVEAWAY: I'm also giving one Kids and Deals reader the Chance to Win a 3 pc Tool Set, thanks to Good Cook.

Check out the great tools you can win:

Black Nylon Basting Spoon, 12 1/2" 
 Black Nylon Slotted Spoon, 12 1/2"
Nylon Square Turner, Black 12 1/2"
It's very simple to enter, just write a comment telling me your favorite Good Cook item!
This giveaway ends on Monday June 9th 12:30 pm.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Good Cook.  I will be compensated for this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.