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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kidsbooks Review & Giveaway

Max is super into games right now - he will sit and do the same puzzle over and over and over, and really loves the games that Daddy or I will play with him. He's getting to the age where he's really competitive about it too, which can be funny. I really love sitting down and spending time with him doing these fun activities.


I was recently given the opportunity to try the Giant Family Fun Seek & Find book. This book is huge, and there are page after page of fun scenes with lists of objects to find. I really like that there is a regular list, and a "beginner" list so that Max can "find" items on his own- the list is images, so it doesn't matter that he can't read! The book even comes with a fun magnifying glass.

We are really having fun as a family trying to see who can find the items the quickest!

One lucky MLG reader will win a book too! Just enter below!


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Fine print:  Giveaway ends December 29. US only, 18+ This is not a paid post. I was given the same product that the winner will receive. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Snapfish Review

I am a photo junkie. I take pictures like there is no tomorrow. Seriously, my camera is permanently out on the side table next to me on the couch, an arm's length away so I never miss a moment. I am totally *that* mom, but I don't care. I'm pretty organized with my pictures, I upload them to my computer weekly, and keep folders by month and year. And I'm good about uploading them onto Facebook to share with my family and friends, but that's where it stops. I'm terrible about getting them printed and displayed. I try to get them uploaded to an online site, but I just never have the money to print that many pictures out, and I certainly don't have time to get them all into albums. It's on my to-do list though.

Every now and then, I do try to get a family picture or two made for my wall or desk. I recently had the opportunity to try out snapfish, and it timed out perfectly with our family pictures. Snapfish had so many different options of products that I really had a difficult time choosing what I wanted. Literally, I spent hours going back and forth. I liked the price option of photo books, and they had some really cute themes to choose from.

My first choice was a canvas print of my favorite shot of the kids. I have a canvas of the kids from shortly after Caroline was born, and I love the way it looks on my wall, and I get so many compliments on it, that I knew I needed another one. I liked the different options, and I picked a simple 16x16, gallery wrapped canvas. The uploading feature was super easy and shipping was super quick. My canvas came in and it's super awesome. It fits perfectly in my house, and I'm already getting more compliments. Honestly, I just can't think of another way of printing a picture that gives me more warm fuzzies than a large canvas. Seriously, if you don't have one in your house, do it now.
I also decided that I needed something for my office. I started my job in August, so there are not too many personal touches yet. I decided on a framed print of the same picture (it's my favorite!!) and a collage mug of all my favorite shots. I love seeing my babies at work all day, and it makes me so happy. The frame is a nice touch to my window ledge, but the mug is extra big (for more coffee!) and it's totally my style. Creating the mug was easy - I just picked the pictures I wanted, and it automatically put them in the grid for me. I picked the background color I thought complimented the pictures the best, and decided against adding any text. I think it would be nice if you could put the pictures where you wanted, but that wasn't an option. I just kept randomizing until I was happy with it.

I couldn't be happier with my products, and the prices were completely comparable to any of the other photo websites out there. I love doing personal, photo gifts for Christmas, and if you are thinking about doing something similar, I would highly recommend checking out snapfish! I'm thinking personalized calendars for the grandparents would be a huge hit!



Disclaimer:  I was provided a gift card that I used to purchase these products, but all opinions are 100% my own, and I was not paid for this post.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kellogg's & Scholastic Support Success in the Classroom with Free Books {GIVEAWAY!}

Max is really into reading these days. He will "read" book after book after book, and our bedtime routine would go all night if we let him. He has his favorites, of course, (specifically Where the Wild Things Are, since the character shares his name), but he's really not much of a book snob. This makes me so happy, because I was a big reader as a kid, and I just know that it will help him when he gets into school if he loves to read.

Do you remember those Scholastic book order sheets that you used to get in elementary school as a kid? Where you would BEG your parents to let you buy one or two? They still do those! I actually received some in Caroline's outbox at daycare last month.

I recently learned that Scholastic and Kellogg's have partnered with Walmart to offer free books to kids. With the purchase of specially marked Kellogg’s products at Walmart stores, parents can redeem a coupon for a free Scholastic book of their child’s choice. How awesome is that??

Kellogg's makes some of our family's favorite snacks, so it's fun to get a new book for our collection too! Learn more about the book program here.

You can also check out these free reading resources for parents!

One Mommy Loves Giveaways readers will win a Kellogg's-Scholastic Books Clubs kit, like the one pictures above. To be entered, just comment on this blog post with your favorite Scholastic book growing up! (I loved Goosebumps!!)


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Rules: http://scholasticbloggergiveawayrules.com/scholastic-rules/
US Only, 18+, Giveaway ends December 9

Disclaimer: Kellogg Company® has provided me with a Kellogg’s-Scholastic Book Club kit to conduct a reader giveaway. However, my opinions about the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments toward Kellogg Company or its products.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cleopatra's Choice Argan Oil and Eye Gel Review!

Lately I've been hearing about all the great benefits of Argan Oil.  People are raving about how great it is for your hair and skin.  This really caught my interest, since having my son my skin has become really dry.  Plus I'm always looking for great products for my hair!  When I was asked to review some products from Cleopatra's Choice, I just knew I had to try the Pure Argan Oil for Hair and Skin.  It has 4.5 stars out of 5 and the reviews are very high.  People love it!

 Benefits of Pure Argan Oil:
  • Improves condition of hair, reducing frizziness
  • Great for skin around nails
  • Safely and effectively moisturizes dry skin
  • Helps prevent stretch marks
  • Great for all skin types
I've been using the Argan Oil on my hair and skin.  I wear flip flops every day and my feet were extremely dry, so I started using it on my feet too.  I've been applying it daily after showers and my skin is much more softer.  My feet look great too, no more dry skin!  One of the great things about this product is how long it lasts.  You only need to use a little bit and the bottle is quite large.  I'm so glad I got a chance to try it out!
Another product I reviewed was Adovia Dead Sea Minerals Eye Gel.  I don't have wrinkles yet, but I'm starting to notice small tiny lines under my eyes.  The eye gel is very light and not too greasy, which I like.  It leaves my skin feeling very soft.  I've only been using it for about a week now, so I can't really say I see any results, but it also has really great reviews!  It has 4.5 stars out of 5.  My favorite thing about the eye gel is it's fragrant free!  I can't stand heavy eye gels that have strong a strong fragrance, they usually end up burning my eyes. 

Cleopatra's Choice offers unique skin care products that are high quality.  I like that their products are rated and reviewed.  It makes me feel confident in trying out new products.  They also offer 90 day easy returns!

Disclaimer:  I received the products mentioned above for review purposes only.  No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are 100% my own.

Vicky

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shutterfly Winner!

The Winner for our Shutterfly Giveaway is...

like u on FB- Kim C L

Congratulations!!

All winners have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen.
Vicky

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Anytime Costumes Review

It's that time of year again!! I love Halloween, and have since I was little. Really, though, what's not to love? Getting dressed up in crazy outfits and candy! My favorite costume when I was little was a punk rocker. I used to be cool. ;) In college, I remember how the costumes got a little sexier...

Now that I'm a mom, costumes are back to G-rated! Max is at the age where he kind-of has an opinion about what he wants to dress up as. Boo! But lucky for this mama, Caroline is that prime age, where she's old enough to trick-or-treat, but I get the costume pick and candy! Yes! I've been checking out new costumes for 2012 since mid-summer.

I had the opportunity to check out Anytime Costumes and pick one out for Caroline. I loved this little bumblebee costume, and when it arrived on my doorstep, I couldn't wait to see it in action. Oh my goodness, I died from the cute. Look at my little bug! The wings! The antennae! THAT STINGER! Gah!!! Not only is it fracking adorable, but I love that the costume is comfy for a 1 year old, and will definitely keep her warm if the weather gets too cool.

Now, all I need to do is convince Max that he really wants to dress up as a bee keeper...

What is your cutie going to dress up as??


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Winner!!

The winner of our Sweet Pea Maternity giveaway is...

I like Mommy Loves Giveaways on Facebook under Juli

Congratulations!

All winners have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen. 

Vicky

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shutterfly Yearbooks and Giveaway!

A new school year has started and I'm the proud mommy of a very smart and handsome 4th grader.  I still can't believe my son is in the 4th grade, he's growing up so fast.  As much fun as it is to watch him grow and learn, I feel a little sad that he can't stay small forever.  My husband and I take lots of pictures to help capture the memories and I've used Shutterfly plenty of times to create beautiful professional photo books.

Our elementary school doesn't offer yearbooks to the students so I think it's great that Shutterfly offers yearbooks.  Yearbooks are a great way to persevere school memories.  Shutterfly makes it easy to create a yearbook just the way you want, using their all new custom path.  Shutterfly yearbooks start as low as $6.
Growing up my elementary school didn't offer yearbooks either, and I would have loved to have one.  I still have all my yearbooks from 7th grade through high school.  It's always fun going back and looking at everyone and seeing how we've all changed.

You can get connected with Shutterfly by following them on:
Instagram: Shuttefly

Giveaway:
One lucky Mommy Loves Giveaways reader will win an 8x8 Shutterfly hard cover photo book plus free shipping ($38 value)!!!!

To Win:

Mandatory Entry:  Follow Mommy Loves Giveaways on Google Friend Connect and leave a comment letting me know you follow.

Extra entries (1 each):
***This Giveaway ends September 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST***

Disclaimer:  This giveaway is restricted to US residents 18+.  This is a sponsored post.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Vicky

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dollar General "Write To Win" and P&G Giveaway!


It's that time again! New binders, new backpacks...it's Back to School time! Our school district starts school pretty early so my son has been in school since the beginning of August, but I know some kids are just going back. I work as a teacher's aide at my son's school and I see how much hard work the staff and teacher's put into making each school year great.

Throughout the month of September, Dollar General® is teaming up with Procter & Gamble® to celebrate schools and honor teachers during its year-long “Every Day Heroes” campaign.
Now, you can honor schools in your community: Dollar General is offering the opportunity to win money for your school through its “Write to Win” sweepstakes. Customers ages 21 and over may visit www.dollargeneral.com to submit a brief essay about why their school deserves to win. Three essays will be selected and the winning schools mentioned in those essays will win $10,000 each.

Special Dollar General and P&G Prize Pack Giveaway:

  • Tide PODS
  • Prilosec OTC
  • Cascade Action Pacs
  • Ultra Downy
  • Scope Outlast mouthwash
  • Dollar General cosmetic bag
  • Dollar General reusable sandwich container
To Win:

Mandatory Entry: Follow Mommy Loves Giveaways on Google Friend Connect. Leave a comment letting me know you follow.

Extra entries (1 each):
***This Giveaway ends September 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST***

Disclaimer: I received a P&G prize pack as a thank you for posting. I also received a prize pack for a giveaway. This giveaway is restricted to US residents 18+

Vicky

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jose Ole Coupon!

To help you fill the freezer for those hungry tummys, JOSÉ OLÉ® is releasing an incredible $3.00 off ANY 2 items coupon ($3/2) for a limited time only.

That means you save $3 on ANY 2 JOSÉ OLÉ® products, and if you choose 2 individually wrapped JOSÉ OLÉ® Burritos or Chimichangas, they could be absolutely FREE!
The JOSÉ OLÉ® brand brings your family a fiesta of flavors by using only the finest ingredients, like real cheese, tender cuts of meats, and authentic seasonings. 

For every one of these special coupons that is printed, JOSÉ OLÉ® brand will donate $1.00 (up to $25,000) to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®.

To get your coupon and big savings on JOSÉ OLÉ® brand products:

  1. Click on this link and go to the JOSÉ OLÉ® brand Facebook page starting at 3:00 p.m. ET on September 5thhttp://www.facebook.com/JoseOleFrozenMexicanFood
  2. Click on the tab that reads “Back-to-School Coupon” (If you can’t see the tab, that means that all of the coupons are gone)
  3. “Like” the JOSÉ OLÉ® brand if you haven’t already.
  4. Click the “Print” button.
  5. Print the coupon.
And while you’re on the JOSÉ OLÉ® brand Facebook page, click on the "More Olé in Life" tab to find out about their daily Instant Win Game, "Surprise" Coupons, fun Party Planning ideas, recipes, and plenty more!

Good luck!!

Vicky

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Winner!


The winner of the Rendi giveaway was purango!


Congratulations!

Knit Babies Giveaway!


I'm not sure I've explained my obsession love of hairbows and headbands for my daughter, Caroline. But as much as I love those, I'm a real sucker for hats. Especially ones with ears, for the love of Pete. Ears. On my baby's head.

KnitBabies.com sent Caroline this "Lamb Chop" hat, and it kills me. This is the best picture I could get, because Caroline is too quick. I love that it has the long tails - makes it harder for little hands to rip off. I love the long sides, which are perfect for keeping her ears warm this winter. Max had an animal hat once, but the ears never stayed up, but the ears on this (super soft!!) hat are perfect. KnitBabies has tons of super cute hat options that would be perfect for photo props (owls! hippo!). They are just too sweet!

What's your favorite hat?? Enter below to win your favorite choice.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Hoover WindTunnel Air Vacuum Review!


A few weeks ago I was chosen to review the WindTunnel Air Vacuum.  I was so excited, because I've never owned a Hoover vacuum before.  I was expecting the best from Hoover and I was not disappointed. 

I received the WindTunnel vacuum and I loved it.  One of my favorite things about the WindTunnel is its size.  It’s compact, lightweight, and the design is attractive.
 
My husband and I were extremely impressed with the suction of the WindTunnel.  We vacuumed the living room, bedroom, and family room and were shocked to see how much dust/dirt the WindTunnel picked up.  My husband was really liked the bottom release dirt cup.  Unlike most bagless vacuums where you have to remove the filter and dump the cup, the WindTunnel has a button that releases the dirt from the bottom.  No more dirty hands!   
 
I really liked the deep recline of the vacuum, it makes it easier to vacuum under beds and other furniture.  The handle of the vacuum is also a built in wand, which detaches, it's very easy to use.   The vacuum has a very very long cord, which is also nice.   

My husband and I really love the WindTunnel and would recommend this vacuum to others!

Where to buy: You can purchase the WindTunnel Air Vacuum on the Hoover website.

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.

Vicky

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

George Foreman Grill Review and Recipe!

I've been a fan of the George Foreman Grill for many many years.  We bought one about 4 years ago and it still works great.  It's so easy to make burgers and grill chicken, and I love that it removes the fat out of the meat.
Recently I was chosen to review the George Foreman Removable-Plate Grill.  I was excited to review this grill because the plates come off, making clean up easier.  The George Foreman Removable-Plate Grill has a non-stick coating which eliminates the need for oil or butter, and just like the original George Foreman grill, it removes the fat.  Having the removable plates is a huge plus!  With my older grill I would have to clean it up right away or the food would harden and get stuck, but with this grill I can let the plates soak in hot water.  It's so much easier to clean!

"The George Foreman Grill: Show Us Your Grill Skill Recipe Contest"

As part of my review I was asked to include an original recipe using the grill.  I created the:
"Crispy Doritos Chicken Strips."



Ingredients:
  • Doritos Taco Flavor Chips
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Egg
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Panko Bread Crumbs (not pictured)
 Preparation:
Finely crush the Doritos Taco Flavor chips.  About a cup of crushed chips will do, although you may need more if you plan to make a lot of chicken.  It's a good idea to crush them in a food processor, but you can also do it by hand.  Mix a half a cup of Panko bread crumbs into the crushed chips. 
 
Wrap chicken breasts in plastic wrap and pound them until they are about half an inch thick.  Once they have been pounded, slice the breasts into strips.  Season them with salt and pepper.  
 
Turn on the grill so that it will be hot and ready before cooking.  Dip the chicken strips into the egg, then dip them into the Doritios/Panko bread crumb mix and put them on the George Foreman Grill.   Leave them on for approximately 10 minutes.  Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken strips. 
Enjoy the chicken strips with your favorite dipping sauce!

Disclaimer:  I received a George Foreman Grill for review purposes only.  No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.  I created this recipe and will be included in a contest, with the possibility of winning a gift card.

Vicky

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rendi Review & Giveaway


"Rendi (which means “you make” in Italian) is a new Colorado business that makes easy to create DIY customizable frames, signs, wall décor and gifts that you can design with your own meaningful pictures, words, phrases, dates and names."
My favorite thing about the creation of Rendi is that this company was created for the purpose of creating jobs, and the fact that it is so important for them to help moms by working around their schedule. As a full-time working mom, that is completely amazing to me.

Basically, Rendi helps you DIY without actually having to do it yourself. You choose the item you like, and in the design page, you can completely customize your sign or frame to what fits YOU. I think these would be an awesome personalized gift.


I was given the opportunity to try out the design process, and I picked out the Pure Cottage Classic Sign I changed the saying to this one, after a lot of playing with different ideas.  I loved that it was completely customizable - you could edit all the texts, change the colors and pick your fonts. There is even a quote library to give you ideas. I love, love, LOVE how the sign turned out. It came super fast, and the quality is amazing. It came ready to hang, and I think it looks great on our main wall. And I think that because it's "MY" work, that I love it extra.


Lucky for you, the awesome ladies at Rendi have offered a $50 gift certificate for one lucky reader to design their own product too! To be entered, just leave a comment letting me know what you would make, and how you would customize it! (required entry)

 Giveaway ends 8/31/12 at midnight. 18+, US only. This is not a paid post. I received product in exchange for my post, but the this is 100% my opinion.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sweet Pea Maternity Review and Giveaway!

My husband and I are excited to announce we are expecting our 3rd child!!  So far my pregnancy has been pretty easy.  Of course being pregnant means needing a new wardrobe!  I knew I was going to need new clothes for my growing bump, so I googled "cheap maternity clothes" and came across Sweet Pea Maternity.

Sweet Pea Maternity has super cute and trendy maternity clothes at great prices.  You can find cute shirts under $20! Ever since I discovered them, I've been to their website quite a few times and they're always getting new clothes. 
I received the Black Rhinestone maternity shirt for review.  I love this shirt.  It's very comfortable and soft.  It's also very light, which is great right now in the summer months.  One of my favorite things about this shirt is the neckline.  I'm larger busted and most shirts show a lot of cleavage, but this shirt has the perfect neckline.  I work with students so this shirt is definitely appropriate for work.  Another great thing about this shirt is the length.  It isn't too long where it looks messy, but there's plenty of room for a growing bump, so it will last my entire pregnancy.  I also get TONS of compliments when I wear this shirt.  Everyone tells me my shirt is so pretty, including my husband.  This shirt is flattering to wear, and the rhinestones add some fun bling!

To Buy:  You can purchase this shirt and many other cute maternity clothes on the Sweet Pea Maternity website.

One LUCKY Mommy Loves Giveaways reader will win a $25 gift code to Sweet Pea Maternity! 
To Win:

Mandatory Entry: Follow Mommy Loves Giveaways on Google Friend Connect and leave a comment letting me know you follow.

Extra entries (1 each):
***This giveaway ends September 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST***

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

Vicky

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Winners!


The winner of the Screaming O Studio Collection Giveaway is...

follow on GFC-amanda hardesty
I love the whole idea of it.Cute items,nicely concealed toys and helpful accessories.Nice!

The winner of the Home Depot Prize Giveaway is...
I am a GFC Follower (missreneer)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

The winner of the Tooth Fairy 2 Giveaway is...
I like you on FB (Ellie W)

Congratulations to our Winners!  

All winners have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen.

 Vicky

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Skindinavia Review


Where I live in California, summers get really hot.  Most summer days are in the 100's and we feel like we're melting.  It isn't easy being a girl in the summer, especially when you have to blow dry your hair and put on makeup.   Going out in the heat leaves my hair frizzy and makes my makeup melt and look shiny.

I was recently asked to review Skindinavia, a makeup finish.  You spray it on to set your makeup and it prevents it from coming off, so you  won't need any touch ups.  I've never used a makeup finish before, so I definetely wanted to try it. 
"Skindinavia's patented Temperature control Technology® prevents makeup from melting, drying out, becoming shiny, or creasing.  Skindinavia's makeup finishing sprays have been used during Lady Gaga and Britney Spear's tours, and keeps makeup lasting for 16+ hours."
Using Skindinavia is super easy.  You apply it after putting on your makeup but before using mascara.  Spray 2-4 times in an "X" and "T" formation.  It's a light mist and it didn't smudge or mess up my makeup.  I like that there wasn't a scent.

I tested Skindinavia on a day when I had to run errands in the heat and be at a friends party later in the evening.  I knew I wouldn't have time to fix my makeup before the party so I was counting on Skindinavia to work.   I didn't leave my friends party until after 11 pm and all of my makeup was still on and in place!  I wish I would have taken a picture but I was so busy I forgot.  I didn't need to reapply any foundation and my makeup didn't look shiny.  Skindinavia works great!  It really did keep my makeup on for hours. 

Where to buy: You can purchase Skindinavia on their website.

Disclaimer: I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only.  No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are 100% my own.

Vicky