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Friday, September 30, 2011

"Take-Out" Game Review

I love a good family game night. Since it's just my husband, me and our 7 year old (old enough to play games), we usually go to my mom's house and play games with my brother and sister. The more player's the merrier, right?!

This week we tried a new game called "Take-Out" from Marina games. I received "Take-Out" for review and I was surprised how small the game is. Then again, the slogan on the side of the box says, " Years of Fun in One Little Box." Size is unimportant when it comes to fun!



Take-Out is for ages 8+ and can have 2 or more players. The game is simple, easy to learn, and has only a few pieces, dice and a cup.

How to Play:
  1. Roll the 10 red dice.
  2. Roll the two white dice. Take out numbered combinations. Repeat.
  3. Avoid getting eliminated.
Objective: To avoid accumulating a score of 150 points.

Despite the small box, Take-Out is actually fun, just like it says on the box. My brother ended up being the winner of our first game and my poor hubby was the first one out! My 7 year old and I both liked it and had fun playing. I like that the game is both challenging and educational. Math is a huge part of this game. Coming up with number combinations using addition, subtraction, even multiplication, really makes you use your head!

I think Take-Out is a fun educational game. Check out Marina Games for more games.

Disclaimer: I received Take-Out for review purposes only. No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

Vicky

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Zulily


Have you heard of zulily? It's an awesome site that has amazing deals on clothes, toys, and more. You can get some of the top brands for a fraction of the cost. For example, tomorrow Melissa & Doug toys are going up tomorrow, or today, you can get Spanx for 55% off. Check it out here!

Have you already shopped zulily? What did you get??

Fine print - not a paid advertisement. Just my thoughts on an awesome website.

Heather

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Modern Family Season 2 Review

Modern Family Season 2 is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

"While fledgling fathers Cameron and Mitchell struggle with learning the ropes of parenthood, long-time parents Phil and Claire try to keep the spice in their marriage amid the chaos of raising three children. Meanwhile, family patriarch, Jay, has more than his hands full with his sexy wife, Gloria, and her precocious son."



Special Features
  • Modern Family Holidays
  • "Strangers on a Treadmill" Table Read
  • "Imagine Me Naked" Music Video
  • Chatting with Steve Levitan
  • Deleted Family Interviews
  • Mitch's Flash Mob
  • At home with Modern Family and more!




I recently gave away a copy of Modern Family Season 2 on DVD on Mommy Loves Giveaways, and I also received a copy of the 3-disc set for review. I'm so happy I was able to receive Modern Family season 2 on DVD because my husband and I are huge Modern Family fans. Cameron is our favorite character, he's hilarious! But to be honest all the members of the cast are pretty funny.

The 3-disc set contains all 24 episodes, plus tons of special features. One of my favorite episodes from season 2 is episode 13 "Caught in the Act". This is one hilarious episode where the kids walk in on Claire and Phil doing the "deed"! Another favorite episode of mine is "Bixby's Back" episode 14. It's Valentine's Day and Phil's feisty alter-ego Clive Bixby returns. So funny :)

Now's a good time to start thinking about the holiday season which is right around the corner! If you have a Modern Family fan, Modern Family season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD would be a great gift!

Disclaimer: I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

Vicky

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spreading Smucker's: Recipe and Essay Contest

My boys love Smucker's jellies, actually so do my husband and I! I'm not very creative in the kitchen, so we normally enjoy our Smucker's jelly on a sandwich, but if you have a recipe with Smucker's as an ingredient, than you want to check out their contest. Currently Smucker's is having their fourth annual Spreading Smucker's Traditions Recipe and Essay Contest. The winner will receive $20,000 towards a dream family reunion!

What a great prize! This contest is definitely worth looking up family recipes.

Last year's winner was Tamie J. She used a recipe passed down from her grandmother called the "Slow Cooker Marmalade Pork Tenderloin." The recipe features Smucker's Sweet Orange Marmalade and has always been an Easter tradition in Tamie's house.

Do you have a winning recipe? If so, here are some of the contest details:

From September 14 to November 16, 2011, Smucker's invites consumers to visit www.smuckers.com or www.smuckersenespanol.com and share their original recipes made with at least 1/4 cup Smucker's jams, jellies, preserves, or fruit butters, plus an original essay of 200 words or less in English or Spanish about how the recipe is part of family traditions and how it makes family celebrations special. The contest takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when Latinos across the country celebrate their history and culture. In March 2012, five contest finalists will be selected and flown to New York City for a live recipe demonstration and judging, where only one will win $20,000 towards a dream family reunion.

For Official Contest Rules visit www.smuckers.com or www.smuckersenespanol.com. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years and older. Void where prohibited.

Disclaimer: I received a Smucker's gift basket as a thank you gift for posting about the contest. All opinions are my own.


Vicky

Monday, September 26, 2011

Nutrisystem Weigh In Week #8

This week has been so frustrating. I've been doing everything right when it comes to losing weight: dieting AND exercising, but the scale is just not cooperating. This week I lost 0 pounds :(

Ugh, it's so discouraging to not see the scale go down, but I know I just need to stick with it. I'm so glad I'm on the Nutrisystem program because it does make dieting easier...it's the exercise I don't like so much LOL!

Weight Loss:
Week 1 -----4 pounds lost
Week 2-----0 pounds lost
Week 3-----4 pounds lost
Week 4-----2 pounds lost
Week 5---- +1 pound gained
Week 6-----4 pounds lost
Week 7-----2 pounds lost
Week 8-----0 pounds lost

Total Pounds Lost: 15

Last month I made a video showing what my first shipment (non-frozen) from Nutrisystem looked like, this month I made a video showing what the fresh-frozen shipment looks like. It's short because I didn't want all my ice creams to melt. Enjoy!


Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting Nutrisystem.

Disclaimer: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me their food/program for free in exchange for blogging about my experiences. All opinions are my own.

Vicky

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Amsterdam Printing Personalized Pens Giveaway!

Good news readers! Mommy Loves Giveaways is sponsoring a Personalized Pens Giveaway. We're teaming up with Amsterdam Printing, the popular promotional pens website, and we're giving away 50 Inspire pens, worth $149.95, absolutely free!



Inspire Pen
  • Slim profile, custom engraved pen
  • Metallic barrel with striking accents
  • Silver-Line decorative barrel etching
  • Retractable, full-weight pen
  • High-quality, laser-engraved imprint


The Inspire Pens look high quality and professional. They're completely customizable from the color of the pen, the color of the ink (black or blue), to whether you want up to five lines or a logo engraved. They really are great looking pens!

One lucky Mommy Loves Giveaway reader is going to win 50 Inspire Pens with their choice of customization (barrel color, ink color, and wording)!

To Win:

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment, telling me how you will use your personalized pens (for business, organization, personal use, etc) AND follow Mommy Loves Giveaways publicly on Google Friend connect. Don't forget to include your email, so I can contact you if you win!

Extra entries (one each):
***This giveaway ends October 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST.***

Disclaimer: Giveaway is open to U.S residents 18+. Winner will be chosen through random.org. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Vicky

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Glee Season 2 Review

Glee season 2 is now out on Blu-ray and DVD and if you haven't already picked up a copy, you should because Glee is awesome!

"Glee is a biting musical comedy about a group of eager and ambitious students who strive to outshine their singing competition to win Nationals while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High. Glee boasts two Platinum and two Gold albums, more than 29 million song downloads, an incredible 19 Emmy nominations and four Emmy Awards."



Special Features:
  • Glee Music Jukebox
  • The Making of The Rocky Horror Glee show
  • Exclusive Bonus Song
  • Getting Waxed with Jane Lynch
  • A Day in the Life of Brittany
  • Shooting Glee in New York City
  • Sue's Quips
  • Santana Slams
  • The Wit of Brittany
  • Stevie Nick Goes Glee


We love Glee in our house. While just my husband and I for now, it's a little too adult for my seven year old. When I first started watching Glee I thought I would be put off by all the music, but really the music is one of the best things about Glee...and of course Sue Slyvester. I love Sue Slyvester, she cracks me up. She's so funny, I can't get enough of her.

I received Glee Season 2 on Blu-ray for review, and let me tell you it is jam packed with extras. It's a 4-disc set that contains all 22 episodes from season 2. There's ton's of special features included and most of them are hilarious. I love having all the episodes in one box set. It's really convenient to grab, pick an episode and start watching. The holidays are just around the corner, so if you have any Glee fans, Glee Season 2 on Blu-ray or DVD would make a great gift.

Disclaimer: I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

Vicky

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pregnant Pauses Review and Giveaway


Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Mostly. But it's also really, really hard on your body. You have to deal with the extra weight, the squishing of organs, sleepless nights, heartburn, and many, many more issues. It can be tough!

Now, I'm no longer pregnant, but a couple months ago, I was contacted by Pregnant Pauses and asked if I would like to try out their DVD set designed to teach you how to move in ways that would alleviate the stress and pain in your new body. Of course I was interested. The six different "Pauses" teach you how to move so that everyday tasks are easier.

You can use the DVD set as little or often as you like, but obviously the more you do, the better you feel. I wasn't able to do the "Pauses" as often as I would have liked, but I did find them interesting, and I do think I felt the differences. I think my energy increased, and I really did find it help with my hip pain.

If you would like to try out "Pregnant Pauses" for yourself, you can check out their website, or you can win it here by leaving a comment letting me know what your least favorite part of being pregnant is!

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Giveaway ends October 1 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen through random.org. **Open to U.S. Residents, 18+** I received product from the company above in exchange for posting about the product. This is solely my opinion.


Heather

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Laser Pegs Review

My son loves playing with construction sets. His room is full of large blocks, small blocks, round, square...you get the picture! So when I received a box of Laser Pegs for review, I knew he was going to love them.

National award winning Laser Pegs are the worlds only lighted construction set. Laser Pegs use a high quality LED that will run about 100,000 hours. Each piece, when connected with another, feeds the next piece a low voltage current. Laser Pegs come in different shapes which include square, wheel, straight, 90 degree, and Y shaped. With so many different shapes and pieces, kids will be able to make their own unique creations.

I received the Laser Pegs "Mini Monster Bug" kit for review. My kit included 36 assorted Laser Pegs shapes and a power unit and cord. My sons eyes lit up as soon as he seen the box and he kept asking if they were his. He couldn't wait to start playing with them.

The pieces are clear and plastic and connect easily together. When they are connected to the power unit they light up brightly. I like that the set came with directions on how to make several different creations such as a dune racer, peg laser gun, and power sword. Of course, since my son is a huge Star Wars fan, he made a "light saber" right away. It looked really cool especially once it was lit up.

I think Laser Pegs are a pretty neat and my son really liked them too. With the holidays just around the corner I think Laser Pegs would make a pretty unique and fun gift!

Disclaimer: I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.


Vicky

Winner!

We had 154 entries in our Modern Family DVD giveaway...and the winner is #126!!!
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Vicky

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bridesmaids, Girls Night In!!


My "Girls Night In" was a success!! My friends and I had such a great time this weekend hanging out and watching Bridesmaids. It was so nice to able to relax and have a good time with friends. We ate pizza and drank "Pink Panties" while we watched the movie. Everyone loved Bridesmaids, it had us laughing our butts off. There was one scene in the movie that the girls liked so much, they watched twice it! At the end of the movie I asked what they thought about it and they said, "Hilarious" and "It was so funny!"

Bridesmaids was a big hit with the girls. My husband watched it the next day and liked it too. Bridesmaids comes to Blu-Ray and DVD this Tuesday, September 20th, make sure you pick up a copy!


Pretty Pink Cupcakes...and watching the movie!

Some of us girlies...I'm the one cuddling the pillow :)

I haven't had a "Girls Night" in a while so I wanted to make this one a little special. I made gift bags for all the girls that contained mascara, condoms, candy, and lube. The girls LOVED them, everyone has so much fun with their bags!

Such a fun night!

Disclaimer: I received all the necessary items, including a gift card to help pay for refreshments, in order to host the Bridesmaids DVD party. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

Vicky

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nutristystem Week Weigh In #7

I love losing weight! I feel great and my confidence is going up. I'm starting to enjoy shopping for clothes again. Before I began losing weight on Nutrisystem, I never wanted to go shopping. Now I'm getting shirts in a smaller size and I'm feeling better about how I look. This week I lost 2 more pounds!!
Weight Loss:
Week 1 -----4 pounds lost
Week 2-----0 pounds lost
Week 3-----4 pounds lost
Week 4-----2 pounds lost
Week 5---- +1 pound gained
Week 6-----4 pounds lost
Week 7-----2 pounds lost

Total Lost: 15 pounds!

Normally I never stray from my Nutrisystem pizza at dinner, because I love it so much. But this week I deceided to try the Nutrisystem Flame Boiled Beef Patty. I was a little bit worried about having a hamburger with no chips or fries, but I ended up liking it a lot!

That's the great thing about sticking with Nutrisystem, my body is getting use to the portion sizes! I thought eating the hamburger without chips/fries would leave me still feeling hungry, but nope I ended up feeling full.

I'm really excited about all the new changes, not just my weight loss, but also about how good I feel now :)

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting Nutrisystem.

Disclaimer: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me their food/program for free in exchange for blogging about my experiences. All opinions are my own.

Vicky

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yandy.com Sexy Halloween Costume Review

I can't believe Halloween is just around the corner. It's time to pick out costumes and have some fun! With so many fun and sexy costumes to choose from it's hard to decide what to be!

Yandy is an online shop that sells lingerie and sexy costumes. Everything is very sexy and stylish! They have a huge selection of costumes and even offer same day shipping, for orders placed before 4 pm PST.

I was able to choose a costume for review and I decided to pick a sexy one. I choose the Makin' Waves Sexy Sailor costume. My husband is taking me on a cruise for my birthday and I think this will be a nice little "Thank You" surprise!

This costume is soooo cute and super sexy. I love the material, it's nice and stretchy so it clings perfectly to my body. The costume is a stretch knit dress with padded cups and underwire. It has navy pipping, and gold foil bows and hem trim. The costume is a 3-piece set that includes the dress, a long sleeved shrug, and a sailor hat that also has a gold foil bow.

The dress is very comfortable and soft. It looks really nice and you can tell it's a good quality costume. No cheap looking material here. The navy and gold look great together and all of the details on the costume are just perfect.

I love this costume. It's super sexy and comfortable to wear. I really like that it has underwear cups, because a little support never hurts! I just KNOW my husband is going to LOVE this costume too!

Disclaimer: I received the product stated for review purposes only. No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

Vicky

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bridesmaids DVD Party!


I'm super excited! I've been invited to host a Bridesmaids DVD party. This will be my first time watching the movie, and I'm excited. I've heard this movie is really funny so I can't wait to see it.

This party is going to be so much fun! It's going to be a girls night in, with lot's of food, snacks, and drinks....I might even make some Jello shots! Girls nights are always fun with me and my girls, and it's been a while since we've had one so I'm going to try to make this one extra special. I'm going to go with a pink theme, pink is my favorite color and it's nice and girly. I'll be keeping the food simple with pizza, chips and dip, and I'll also be making pink cupcakes for dessert. I'll be passing out gift bags to all the ladies filled with lots of fun treats.

I'm pretty sure my drinks aren't going to come out this pretty, but I'll try!
I'm still deciding on what drink to make, but right now I'm thinking Pink Panties. I found a recipe on Drinks Mixer :

Pink Pantie
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz pink lemonade
  • 3 oz Sprite Soda
  • Pour vodka over ice, add lemonade, followed by Sprite.
I've seen different ways of making Pink Panties and you can find more recipes online, but I like that this one is nice and simple.

Disclaimer: I have been provided party supplies and the Bridesmaids DVD in order to host this party.

Vicky

Monday, September 12, 2011

Nutrisystem Weigh in Week #6

I had a great week this week! After losing my grandma last week and giving into emotional eating and gaining a pound back, I knew I had get back in the game. Not only did I stick to my Nutrisystem program I also added in some exercise!! I hate exercising and to be honest this is the first week I added it in since I began Nutrisystem. The results were amazing, I lost 4 pounds this week!!
Weight Loss:
Week 1 -----4 pounds lost
Week 2-----0 pounds lost
Week 3-----4 pounds lost
Week 4-----2 pounds lost
Week 5---- +1 pound gained
Week 6-----4 pounds lost

Total Lost: 13 pounds!

Another great thing about this week was receiving my 1st Nutrisystem Bear! His name is Pound, and he marks my 10 lb weight loss. It's so nice to be rewarded.


I can't wait too lose more weight and add more Nutirsystem bears to my collection! Taking off the weight is so much easier with Nutrisystem. I seriously loving being a part of the Nutrisystem Family.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting Nutrisystem.

Disclaimer: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me their food/program for free in exchange for blogging about my experiences. All opinions are my own.

Vicky

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Special Announcement

I would like to introduce my sweet princess, Caroline Marie, born Thursday, September 8, 2011 @ 8:28 pm. (7 pounds, 11 ounces & 18 inches long.) Please pray for my sweetie pie, because she has pneumonia and will be in the hospital for a short while. We love her to pieces!!


Heather