Thursday, August 28, 2014

Life Of Crime Giveaway #LifeOfCrime

About the Movie:
When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Watch the action packed new trailer for Life Of Crime!

 Coming to theaters, on demand and iTunes August 29th!
GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a $15 Fandango gift card!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cascade Platinum Shining Party & Giveaway #Cascadeshiningreviews

Who would think you could have a fun party with friends celebrating cleaning dishes?
Well, when the product works, and makes cleaning up a lot easier, I guess it's definitely worth celebrating.
I hosted a Cascade Platinum Shining Party, to show everyone the power in those little Cascade Platinum pacs and Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid.
Cascade Platinum is a premium product designed to achieve a clean so powerful it helps keep the dishwasher sparkling while also delivering immaculately clean dishes each and every time.  It even works on 24-hour stuck-on-food!
I made a brownie the night before the party, and made sure not to pre-wash the dish.

During the party we also made a delicious Mac and Cheese recipe from The Pioneer Woman. 
It was so hard for me not to pre-wash the pan because with the cleanser I had been using, there was no way that pan would come out clean. 
Why Skip the Pre-Wash?
Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on the dishes because its special enzymes latch onto that food, breaking down so it can wash away.  If there's no food soil, there's nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn't working its hardest for you.
Don't worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes.  There is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works exactly like the disposal in your sink.

Both dishes came out as clean as they can get!  I had a few impressed guests!

Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum ( including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!
GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win a Cascade Platinum Prize Pack.

The Prize Pack includes:
·       Cascade Platinum
·       Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid
·       Whisk
·       Spatula
·       Cheese grater
·       Oven mitts

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Disclosure:  I received the above products below and compensation to host my party from Double Duty Divas in order to write this post.  However all opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, August 25, 2014

On-the-Go Snacks with Fiber One Streusel Bars & Cookies #FiberOneSnacks

Between taking care of 4 kids, and working 12 hour shifts, I don't have much time to sit down and prepare snacks for myself, therefore Fiber One has come in very handy to feel like I can enjoy a treat.

I've written about the Fiber One Streusels before, and I still love them.  They are so delicious, and made with real fruit and 12 grams of whole grains!  My favorite part of them is the brown sugar streusel topping, and it doesn't hurt that it has 20% of the daily value of fiber and only 150 calories.

 Fiber One™ now also makes soft-baked Cookies that you can find in the cookie aisle! Individually wrapped for on-the-go portion control, each cookie has 5 grams of fiber per serving. 

I've been bringing them to work, and they're perfect sweet snack in the middle of the night.  I don't have to feel guilty about eating a cookie, and I like that feeling. 

Be on the lookout for some exclusive in-store savings at Publix!
  • Fiber One Streusel on sale 2 for $5. Offer available 8/14 – 8/20.
Make sure to print this Coupon to get a better deal:

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  • Save $0.75 off one Fiber One Streusel BarSave $0.75 off one Fiber Soft-Baked Cookies
Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orkin Fact or Fake & Giveaway

“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”
You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake?
Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop a treatment that's right for your home and your needs. To learn more about pest control that's based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit or call (844) 503-8251.
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Do you have Bug lovers in your home?  Check out the Scientific Prize Pack you can have a chance to win!

GIVEAWAY: One Kids and Deals reader will win The Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK includes:
- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
- Orkin Drawstring Bag
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Decorated Light Switch Covers with the Craft Mat by Ultra PRO Review & Giveaway #UltraProPDMS

As I was getting ready to make my decorated light switch covers, I was so excited about not having to worry about having a flat surface.  Ultra Pro sent me their Craft Mat, and I thought it would be the perfect time to try it.
The Craft Mat helps keep your crafting space clean!  I love that the premium fabric surface is washable for easy clean-up.  It also has a rubber backing to prevents shifting during use and allows the mat to lay flat.
The Mat dimensions are 23-3/4" x 13-1/2", and comes packaged in a clear Tube which can used for storing art work too. 
The Craft Mat is acid and PVC free and is made in the USA.
For the light switch covers you will need:
  • Mod Podge
  • X-Acto Knife or sharp scissors
  • Scrapbook Paper of your choice
Cut the paper a little bigger than your cover
Brush Mod Podge on the front of the cover, and the back of your paper
Cut a hole for your light switch then fold the sides over smoothly
brush more Mod Podge to cover the cover
Once the back is dry, brush 2 good layers of Mod Podge over the front
Make sure to let dry completely, at least two hours before placing back on your wall
The Craft Mat was very useful for this project, I loved using it, and it truly was very easy to clean up.
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Publix Cheerios & 100% Florida Orange Juice Event #Back2SchoolBfast


It’s Back to School season, and Cheerios and the Florida Department of Citrus want to make sure you’re preparing your kids for their day with a nutritious and energizing breakfast that helps start their day right!

Cheerios are available in a range of flavors the whole family loves, from the original Cheerios in the yellow box, to Honey Nut Cheerios, to fun flavors like Dulce de Leche and Fruity, and new Cheerios Protein, available in two irresistible flavors: Cinnamon Almond and Oats & Honey. All Cheerios are made with whole grain first ingredient, and do not have high fructose corn syrup.
And for the perfect Back to School breakfast combination, pair Cheerios with 100% Florida Orange Juice -- an excellent source of vitamin C, providing at least 100% of the Daily Value. A delicious 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice is also a good source of potassium and other vitamins like folate and thiamin. And as a complement to whole fruit, drinking an 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice is an easy and refreshing way to add more fruit servings to your mornings.

Back to school was yesterday for my kids, and this is what they started their morning with.  Cheerios and orange juice is their favorite, and I definitely feel great about giving them that for breakfast!

You can find great Breakfast Savings at Publix on Cheerios and 100% Florida Orange Juice:

In-Store Savings
  • Save $2 when you buy any 1 Cheerios 10.9oz or larger AND any 1 100% Florida Orange Juice 59oz or larger” (this sale will include both flavors of Cheerios Protein), valid between  8/9 – 8/23.

Printable Coupons
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    •  $1/2 Cheerios Franchise
Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Paris & Eiffel Tower Themed Birthday Party

I'm very excited about today's post, as I get to share another great party my sister and I got to organize.  I will admit, since this time it was for her daughter she did most of the work, but her work was so beautiful I have to share.

This was a Sweet 16 Birthday Party with a Paris and Eiffel Tower Theme.

We were lucky my niece has lots of Paris signs and Eiffel Tower decorations in her bedroom, so we used a lot of her own items to decorate the party.

You can't have a French themed party without a cheese platter. 
There was cheese for the children and adults.
A little charcuterie platter.
We bought regular cheap vases and containers and decorated them with custom stickers.
I made these Eiffel Tower stickers on Sticker You, and they came out great for our theme. 
This was the beverage table, with a lemonade side and a hot cocoa side.
The glasses are recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles.
We added label stickers on them, and a little Eiffel Tower sticker that we found at Dollar Tree.
We poured Lemonade, Fruit Punch, and Orangina in vintage bottles.
The Candy bar was definitely the kids favorite table.
All the candy came from France, lucky for us we have sources over there.
There had to be Macarons, yummy!
Look at this beautiful cake. 
It was made by a local French restaurant that my brother in law works at.
Another item on the dessert table.
Find the recipe here.
Themed parties are always so fun to organize, and don't have to be overwhelming.  Just get ideas from different sources, and do it your way with as much stuff that you already have on hand to keep it affordable.
What's the next theme I should plan?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mia Mariu Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser Review & Giveaway‏

Have you heard of mia Mariu yet?  I had heard about mia mariu for a while, but had never tried their products before.  I was always curious but not willing to spend the extra money on their products without knowing whether I liked them or not. 
So you can imagine I was very interested in trying their Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser.
I love that it has 8 natural botanicals and anti-inflammatory properties such as aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, orange peel, lemon, lime and grapefruit extracts.
All these wonderful ingredients allow it to be an extra gentle cleanser.  And it is especially effective for those who have sensitive skin including rosacea, maturing and even dry skin types. 
Even better, it is Non-irritating, paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free.
I liked that it quickly foamed by rubbing it in circular motion, and felt very gentle on the skin.  It is also fragranced with essential oils, so the scent is very pleasant, which is definitely a plus for me.
It comes in a 4 fl oz bottle and you can buy it on their website for $21.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nature Valley Bistro Cups! Breakfast in Your Keurig!


Can breakfast get any easier?  How about easy oatmeal, and only one cup to clean up?

I was so excited to find a new use for my Keurig machine.  Nature Valley™ is introducing their new Bistro Cups – the new premium oatmeal that you make in your Keurig®!

It comes in two delicious flavors:

The New Nature Valley Bistro Cups are so simple to make.  One box comes with three servings.  For each serving, you will use one Keurig Bistro cup, one 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats pouch and one Fruit & Nuts pouch.

Simply pop the Bistro Cup into your Keurig, then pour the 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats and Fruit & Nuts pouch into a mug.

Brew, stir, and enjoy!

I loved how simple it was to make, and the flavors were great. 
The fruits and nut definitely add richness to the oatmeal.

One of my favorite parts was the easy clean up, only one cup in the sink!

You can find the Nature Valley Bistro cups in the hot cereal aisle at Target, Walmart and more.

BUY IT:  $5.99 for a 3 count box
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Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

Have you been on a tropical vacation this summer?  If you didn't get to, it's OK, I've got the perfect way for you to bring the tropics to your shower.

The NEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is the latest Dial® Brand body wash.   Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is infused with Coconut Water and a refreshing Mango aroma reminding you of the tropics right at home.  

The new moisturizing body wash has all the ingredients to provide the perfect skin care:
  • Coconut water is known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes which help provide replenishing hydration.
  • Mango is known for being nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness.

Not only is the scent amazing, but it also leaves your skin replenished and hydrated.
I love having Dial Body Wash in my shower. My skin feels healthier, and I feel great letting my family use it.

  • Two Kids and Deals readers will each Win a coupon to try Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango for Free!
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Dulce de Leche Mousse & Brownie Mason Jar Dessert

Lately, I've been researching anything about food in single portions. 
It seems makes things so much yummier!
I volunteered to make a dessert for my niece's birthday party, so I decided to come up with my own Mason Jar Dessert recipe.
What's better than chocolate and caramel together?  Nothing in my book!
So here we go, this is my
Dulce de Leche Mousse & Brownie Mason Jar Dessert:

  • You will need 10 medium sized mason jars.
  • I made double this Dulce de Leche mousse recipe, which is almost more a Dulce de Leche whipped cream.  However, it is very light and perfect for this dessert.
  • Make your favorite batch of brownies and cut in small squares. (From scratch is so much tastier).  Here's good recipe from Living Well, Spending Less.
  • Your favorite Caramel sauce. 
Start by filling the bottom of the jars with a little mousse, then top with two to three pieces of brownies.

Then drizzle some caramel sauce to cover the mousse and brownies.

Finally fill with more mousse, and top with more brownie.
Place in the fridge at least 2 hours before serving.
That simple, and that delicious!

Since I was making these for my niece's birthday party, which was Paris themed, I added Sticker You labels to decorate the jars.

Didn't it come out cute?